Headlines October 15, 2020
Cameron Peak Fire Now Largest in State History
The Cameron Peak fire west of Fort Collins is now the largest fire in Colorado history.
High winds and warm temperatures over the past few days have led the fire to grow to more than 158,000 acres.
The Larimer County Sheriff tweeted just after 9am Wednesday that Mandatory Evacuations were issued for areas east of the Rocky Mountain Park including Glen Haven and Drake.
Officials in Estes Park say that power was turned off Wednesday as a safety precaution, to customers of Estes Park Power and Communications in Glen Haven.
The fire is 56% contained.
Fire officials said some structures were lost yesterday and they warned that the fire could grow more today.
COVID-19 Cases Continue to Grow Statewide
State health officials say that Colorado has more active COVID-19 outbreaks now than any time since the pandemic began.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment reported 274 active COVID-19 cases.
An outbreak is defined as two or more cases linked to the same location or event within two weeks.
State officials say we are now experiencing a “third wave” of the virus.
The Denver Post reports that as of Wednesday, there were 317 confirmed COVID-19 patients in Colorado hospitals — a 59% jump since Oct. 1 and the highest number since late May. Seventy-seven percent of the state’s available intensive care unit beds were in use Wednesday, though the state does not track how many of those are coronavirus patients.
City of Boulder Amends Public Health Order Governing Alcohol Sales
The City of Boulder yesterday repealed its emergency order prohibiting on-premises alcohol sales after 10 p.m.
The order issued on Sept. 24, prohibited alcohol sales at bars, restaurants and clubs between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. as part of a series of public health orders targeted towards 18-22-year-olds.
From 5pm Wednesday, on-premises alcohol service may now end at 11 p.m. in adherence to a State of Colorado public health order.
In a statement, the city says it will work in partnership with health officials to monitor and provide updates on COVID-19.