#EastTroublesomeFire caused by humans, officials say; #CameronPeakFire cause remains unsolved — The #FortCollins Coloradoan

East Troublesome Fire. Photo credit: Northern Water

Click the link to read the article on the Fort Collins Coloradoan website (Miles Blumhardt). Here’s an excerpt:

The East Troublesome Fire, the second-largest in state history, was human-caused, the U.S. Forest Service announced Friday. Investigators came to that conclusion based on evidence gathered from where the fire started. Considering the area and time of year the East Troublesome Fire began, the agency’s news release stated, a hunter or a backcountry camper may have caused it, potentially by accident.

The fire started about 15 miles northeast of Kremmling in the Arapaho National Forest on Oct. 14, 2020. It was fully contained Nov. 30, 2020, but not before it burned 193,812 acres and destroyed more than 360 homes as well as more than 200 other buildings. The Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association estimated losses from the fire at about $543 million. The cost to fight the fire was $15.7 million, according to the National Interagency Coordination Center…

A burnt sign on Larimer County Road 103 near Chambers Lake. The fire started in the area near Cameron Peak, which it is named after. The fire burned over 200,000 acres during its three-month run. Photo courtesy of Kate Stahla via the University of Northern Colorado

The cause of the Cameron Peak Fire, the largest wildfire in state history, is believed to be human-caused but is still under investigation.

The Cameron Peak Fire burned 208,913 acres during a 112-day run that started Aug. 13, 2020, in the Roosevelt National Forest about a 65-mile drive northwest of Fort Collins. It destroyed 461 buildings, including 224 homes, and 17 business structures, and was the most expensive fire to fight in state history with a suppression cost of $133.3 million, according to the National Interagency Coordination Center.

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