Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith said in a Facebook post on Sunday: “Today is a new day, and I hope this is a day for offensive firefighting.”
Dry weather and high winds pushed the Calwood and Cameron Peak fires to the east on Saturday. The record-breaking Mount Cameron fire, which has been burning since August, had increased to 203,253 acres by Sunday morning, 62% of which was contained. The Carlwood fire ignited around noon on Saturday, and by Sunday morning it had expanded to 8,788 acres with a containment degree of 5%. This is the largest fire record in Boulder County history.
The cold front is not expected to bring a lot of rain, and firefighters from the two fires are preparing for the windy weather on Sunday. Strong winds are expected to push the fire to the west and northwest.
Air firefighting work for the Carlwood fire was grounded due to weather, but Jennifer Bray, a communications expert for the Boulder fire work, said the crew was hitting the fire from the ground. If conditions permit, the crew will go to assess the damage caused by the Calwood and Cameron Peak fires today. Bray urged residents to stay away from evacuation areas and avoid flying drones near the fire.
She said: “We know this is interesting and can get beautiful photos, but it will affect the fire fighting work.”
Fire fighting for the Cameron Peak fire focused on localized fires on its northeastern edge and near Lowry State Park. The head of the fire enforcement department, Paul Delmerico, said in a Facebook update that the crew made good progress overnight and hoped to have more time on Sunday because the cool, wet weather reduced Slow down the spread of fire.
Officials have told residents of Lyon, north of Boulder, to evacuate today. They evacuated the plain east of the foothills, and a fire was blown away by the wind on Saturday. A map of the evacuation of the Carlwood fire is provided here.