Cameron Peak fire update: Blaze remains stable as cooler weather, snow and rain persist

The Cameron Peak fire on Thursday is expected to remain stable as cooler temperatures and precipitation persist over the flames.

The fire — the fifth-largest in Colorado’s recorded history — is still burning 102,596 acres, or 160 square miles, with 4% containment, fire officials said in a Thursday morning news release.

Thursday will be slightly warmer than previous days, with a chance of light snow transitioning to rain showers in the afternoon. Warm and sunny conditions are expected to resume over the weekend, which could resume fire expansion, officials said.

The snow has diminished heat in some areas of the fire, though the larger fuels are still smoldering, officials said. Fire crews plan to take advantage of the cooler weather to work on containment and prepare for the drier conditions.

Closures from the fire’s expansion and subsequent snowfall remain in place, including Rocky Mountain National Park’s Trail Ridge Road at Rainbow Curve on the east side and Colorado River Trailhead on the west side. Old Fall River Road is also closed until further notice, officials said.

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