LARIMER COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – The Cameron Peak Fire exploded in size – again – on Monday. Officials at the fire say it’s now 96,462 acres based off of a flyover by a state multi-mission aircraft. Earlier this afternoon, they said the fire was 89,312 acres.

Cameron Peak Fire (credit: Dawn Ann Wynne)

It now surpassed the High Park Fire in 2012 which burned 87,284 acres. This would make the Cameron Peak Fire the fourth largest fire in state history.

The Cameron Peak Fire in Rist Canyon (credit: Larimer County)

See the top five largest fires in state history:

1 – Pine Gulch, 2020, 139,006
2 – Hayman, 2002, 137,760
3 – Spring Creek, 2018, 108,045
4 – Cameron Peak, 2020, 96,462
5 – High Park, 2012, 87,284

*Editor’s note: The West Fork Fire Complex was comprised of three separate fires which burned more than 109,000 acres in 2013 in Mineral County.

The new number at the Cameron Peak Fire is up from 59,051 acres reported Sunday night — and more than 34,000 reported on Saturday.

The Cameron Peak Fire near the Norman Fry Bridge near Rustic. (credit: Larimer County)

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The fire has had major runs, officials say, forcing numerous communities to evacuate or prepare to evacuate.

The fire is 4% contained — down from 5% on Sunday.

PHOTO GALLERY: Cameron Peak Fire

Danielle Chavira

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  1. Viewers might be interested to know that Rocky Mountain National Park is on fire; were you to take an interest, you could inquire of Superintendent Darla Sidles about the damage already done and the threat to the Park, which is an important contributor to Colorado’s economy.

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