After a two-month closure due to the Cameron Peak fire, Colorado Highway 14 has reopened between north of Fort Collins and Walden.
While fire activity in the immediate area has diminished, which allowed for the opening, CDOT crews will still need to clear some debris from the shoulders and do other road work to get the road ready for the winter snow season. The road may be reduced to one lane at times to complete this work, which will cause some delays.
CDOT is strongly encouraging people NOT to be on the road unless necessary. All forest areas accessible from CO 14 are closed now due to the fire danger.
“This is not a good time to be on CO 14,” CDOT Region Transportation Director Heather Paddock said. “I know people are curious about the area and the fire, but there will be plenty of time to return to the area when conditions are better. We wanted to open this road to allow access for people who need this travel option right now as other routes have closed. There is still a lot of work to be done here, and the fewer people up there right now, the better it will be for everyone.”
CO 14 was closed on August 13 due to the Cameron Peak Fire. At that point, the fire was about 1,500 acres. It has now grown to more than 206,000 acres and is the largest wildfire in Colorado history. The fire continues to burn to the south. Cooler temperatures and wet weather this weekend are expected to slow down the blaze, but crews will be working on this fire until it is completely out.
The closure of CO 7 from Lyons to CO 72 is still in place due to the Calwood Fire in Boulder County. Roads in to Estes Park (US 34 and US 36) are all closed due to the East Troublesome fire crossing the Continental Divide and evacuations of Estes.
To date, CDOT maintenance crews have clocked more than 6,000 man hours working the closures to support these firefighting efforts and to keep the public safe.
Conditions in Colorado can change quickly. Other closures are possible through these events. All closures and lane reductions can be found at www.cotrip.org.
For updates in Larimer County, text the word LCEVAC to 888777 from your cell phone. To view maps of the evacuations, please visit nocoalert.org. For fire information, go to: https://nifc.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=821eb2bac47c48c69558075f21365f01
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