Cameron Peak Fire becomes largest in Colorado’s history

Cameron Peak Fire becomes largest in Colorado’s history

A still-raging Colorado wildfire has become the largest in state history, officials said.

Wind gusts as high as 76 mph this pushed the Cameron Peak Fire — which has already been burning for two months — to devastate an extra 23,000 acres by late Wednesday, The Denver Post said.

That took it to 158,300 acres, or about 247 square miles — beating the largest wildfire recorded in the state, the Pine Gulch, which reached 139,007 acres before it was fully contained in late September.

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The Cameron Peak Fire ignited Aug. 13 and survived more than a foot of early September snowfall, the paper said.

It is 56% contained and has left towers of smoke billowing over Fort Collins and much of the northern Front Range, according to the report.

Wednesday’s growth led to new mandatory evacuation orders in the Larimer County foothills, including hundreds of mountain cabins.

“It was a bad day,” Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith said at

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