The Cameron Peak Fire, burning northwest of Loveland, Colorado, grew to over 187,000 acres as of Saturday, October 17, fueled by strong wind gusts and dry conditions.
A mandatory evacuation area grew on Saturday, as more homes were threatened by the blaze. Local reports said “extreme” fire conditions were in effect, and the Red Cross was assisting people who had been displaced. More than 1,300 personnel have been dispatched to battle the fire.
The Larimer County Sheriff’s Office issued emergency warnings to residents from Loveland’s County Road 27 east to the Devils Backbone, a popular trail and landmark, on Saturday. Residents were warned to leave the area immediately.
The fire was at 57 percent containment on Saturday. Credit: Nate Jones via Storyful