Colorado Is Ablaze With The Largest Wildfires In The State’s History

The mountain forests of Colorado are ablaze in the largest wildfire in the state’s history. The Cameron Peak Fire has covered more than 205,000 acres of Colorado wilderness so far, and is only 62 percent contained, Vox reports.

The CalWood Fire has set a similar record in Boulder County after covering 9,000 acres and driving more than 3,000 people from their homes. Meanwhile, the Lefthand Canyon Fire, which ignited outside of Boulder, continues to spread.

The Cameron Peak Fire became the largest in the state after the 137,000-acre Pine Gulch Fire near Grand Junction, Colorado, was contained in September. The state has responded to these unprecedented fires by closing national forests in five counties.

The Cameron Peak Fire is the largest wildfire in Colorado's history.
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The Cameron Peak Fire is the largest wildfire in Colorado’s history.

“The number of large fires and extreme fire behavior we are seeing on our forests this year is historic,” forest supervisor Monte Williams said in a news release. “These temporary closures are necessary to protect the public and our firefighters, and we will keep them in place until conditions improve and we are confident that the risk of new fire starts has decreased. I ask all of our local residents and visitors to take these closures and evacuations seriously to allow our firefighters to focus on the mission of safely suppressing the existing fires.”

Ten wildfires are currently burning forests and residential communities in Colorado.
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Ten wildfires are currently burning forests and residential communities in Colorado.

According to the Rocky Mountain Coordination Center, wildfires have covered an estimated 442,000 acres in north-central Colorado and southern Wyoming.

More than 3,000 firefighters and support staff are battling the fires.
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More than 3,000 firefighters and support staff are battling the fires.

“Approximately 3,000 firefighters and support personnel are involved,” the Denver Post reports. “The forest service said the closures are intended to support those fire suppression efforts and to prevent new fires that would stretch firefighting crews even further.”

According to data from 9News, Fires currently active in Colorado include:

  • Cameron Peak Fire
    • Began August 13
    • Covers about 205,000 acres

  • CalWood Fire
    • Began Oct. 17
    • Covers about 9,365 acres

  • Lefthand Canyon Fire
    • Began Oct. 18
    • Covers about 470 acres

  • East Troublesome Fire
    • Started Oct. 14
    • Covers about 15,550 acres

  • Williams Fork Fire
    • Began Aug. 14
    • Covers about 14,660 acres

  • Middle Fork Fire
    • Began Sept. 6
    • Covers about 20,030 acres

  • Ice Fire
    • Began Oct. 19
    • Covers about 500 acres

  • Mullen Fire
    • Began Sept. 17
    • Covers about 176,863 acres

  • Grizzly Creek Fire
    • Began Aug. 10
    • Covers about 32,466 acres

  • Pine Gulch
    • Began July 31
    • Covers about 139,000 acres

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