Cameron Peak fire update: Winds fuel state’s largest wildfire Sunday

The largest wildfire in Colorado’s recorded history topped 200,000 acres Sunday, becoming the first known fire in the state to grow that large.

The blaze grew to about 316 square miles, or 202,253 acres, according to fire officials. It is about 62% contained, and firefighters were helped by lower winds and higher humidity Saturday night.

The favorable weather is expected to continue Sunday, but fire officials are still concerned about “significant fire activity” along the unsecured perimeter of the fire, according to a Sunday update.

The fire is mostly unsecured along the east and south perimeters, including a branch of fire that spread east during high winds last week.

Fire crews are working to keep the fire south of County Road 44H, west of County Road 27, north of County Road 43 and north of U.S. 34. They’ve been mostly successful holding that perimeter, except for a 2,400-acre spot fire that started Saturday about a mile east of County Road 27.

That spot fire is burning near Buckskin Heights and is headed toward Masonville, according to fire officials.

Horsetooth Reservoir was closed Sunday because of the fire, according to the Larimer County Department of Natural Resources.

The Cameron Peak fire has surged past the second-largest fire in the state’s recorded history, which also happened this year — the Pine Gulch fire burned about 139,000 acres north of Grand Junction.

The giant wildfires across Colorado this season come amid a changing climate, with record temperatures, low relative humidity and statewide drought combining to fuel fire growth — part of a 20-year cycle of aridity that’s led to more expansive wildfires, including all 10 of the largest fires in the state’s recorded history.

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