The Cameron Peak fire, which erupted west of Fort Collins, is now the largest wildfire in Colorado history, Gov. Jared Polis said.
The fire covered over 158,000 acres. It flared back on August 13 and has been fueled by strong winds and woodland ever since, hindering firefighters’ efforts to fight the fire.
It has now surpassed the Pine Gulch Fire, which burned about 139,007 acres this year, and the Hayman Fire, which burned more than 138,000 acres in 2002, according to the USDA.
The fire at Cameron’s Peak also prompted several evacuation orders yesterday.
“Residents and employees of the enterprises must leave the territory immediately and as quickly as possible due to the immediate and imminent danger,” the sheriff’s office said.