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25 homes destroyed by Cameron Peak fire west of Fort Collins

Officials believe the fire, which is the fifth largest recorded in Colorado, was human-caused

The Cameron Peak fire burns west of Fort Collins. (Handout)

The Cameron Peak fire has destroyed 25 homes and 29 outbuildings, authorities announced on Saturday evening.

The blaze west of Fort Collins has been burning since Aug. 13. It has torched more than 102,000 acres and is just 4% contained.

Officials believe the fire, which is the fifth largest recorded in Colorado, was human-caused. It has taken days for fire crews to assess the damage from the fire.

Most of the homes destroyed — 23 of them — were in the Monument Gulch area. Two were primary residences.

In the area of Archer’s Poudre River Resort, two more homes were destroyed.


“The snow was certainly welcome and made an impact on the fire, but it also slowed the assessment process,” Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith said in a written statement. “Many people worked very hard to access these areas, complete assessments, and get word to the owners with damage as quickly as possible.  I can only imagine how devastating the loss of a home or property to wildfire must be.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you.”

The fire exploded last week amid extremely hot, dry conditions, choking the Front Range in smoke and ash. Snow and plummeting temperatures on Tuesday helped slow a multi-day advance of the blaze.

Firefighters believe the blaze could burn through October.

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