Colorado Governor Polis Visits Cameron Peak Fire Incident Command Center
Wildfire Creating Unhealthy Air Quality
DENVER – Governor Jared Polis today visited the incident command center for the Cameron Peak Fire in Northern Colorado. The Governor met with representatives from Rocky Mountain National Park, Larimer County Sheriff’s Department, Colorado Fire Prevention and Control, and others about how the fire has evolved and current efforts to contain it.
“The Cameron Peak Fire is the third largest in our state’s history and still growing. I applaud the efforts of the brave men and women who are working to slow and contain the spread of this fire, all while during a global pandemic,” said Governor Jared Polis. “Colorado is facing severe drought and climate induced wildfires are directly impacting people’s lives, displacing Coloradans from their homes or destroying them and creating poor air quality. We continue monitoring the situation, providing help and support from the state, and working with our local partners to protect our communities.”
The Cameron Peak Fire is currently burning at 125, 006 acres and is 22% contained. 95 structures, including residential buildings, have been lost to the fire and four have been damaged. Thousands of Coloradans have been evacuated as a result.
Colorado’s 20 largest wildfires have all occurred since 2000, four of the top five occurring since 2018. In 2020 alone, the state has experienced the largest and third largest fires in state history.