Snow Blankets Fire Weary Grand County
“Winter weather effectively pushed pause on growth of the Cameron Peak and East Troublesome fires Saturday afternoon, providing welcome relief to firefighters and thousands of evacuated mountain residents besieged by the fires’ eastbound encroachment.” -Eric Larsen, The Coloradoan
Larsen, E. (2020, October 25). What we know Sunday: Snow stalls Cameron Peak, East Troublesome fires; Estes Park protected. The Coloradoan. Retrieved From https://www.coloradoan.com/story/news/2020/10/25/snow-slows-cameron-peak-east-troublesome-fires-estes-park-protected/3744460001/
After an extremely challenging week of wildfires, Grand County finally received a hefty dose of moisture in the form of over a foot of October snow! As many readers may already know, the East Troublesome Fire in northern Grand County took a turn for the worse this week, and through an unrelenting path of destruction left its mark on our community. In a matter of a few days, the fire grew from 20,000 acres to 192,000 hardly sparing anything in its path. It is now the second-largest wildfire in Colorado state history. Many folks in the US Hwy 34 corridor between Granby and Grand Lake lost their homes, businesses, and livelihoods. After jumping the Continental Divide in Rocky Mountain National Park, the fire posed a whole new threat to the small town of Estes Park in Larimer County. With firefighters battling the fire and trying to protect Estes Park, the snow arrived and not a moment too soon. Throughout the day Sunday and through Monday morning over a foot of snow blanketed the northern mountains and both the East Troublesome and Cameron Peak fire areas. This combined with unseasonably cold temperatures has knocked both blazes down significantly. There should not be any significant fire growth and very minimal activity in the coming days. Firefighters will receive a much-needed break while the snow continues to fall. When weather conditions improve, expect to see containment levels rise on both fires as firefighters work to fully protect towns, communities, and infrastructure. The fires are not yet extinguished, but this is definitely a step in the right direction.