CBS4’s “Scarred: Lessons from the Cameron Peak Fire” Begins Airing October 11 on CBS4 and CBSN Denver

Denver—October 6, 2021 – CBS4 announced today that a five-part series and a documentary on Colorado’s largest wildfire in history called Scarred: Lessons from the Cameron Peak Fire will air in evening newscasts beginning October 11, 2021 with the 30-minute documentary airing at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, October 22, 2021 on CBS4 and streaming on CBSN Denver.

“Over the course of three months, reporter Dillon Thomas and the CBS4 team traveled Northern Colorado – using field cameras, GoPros, a drone, and Copter4 to document the extensive impact and tell the stories of resiliency in the wake of the historic Cameron Peak fire,” CBS4 General Manager Tim Wieland said. “’Scarred: Lessons from the Cameron Peak Fire’ not only shows how the fire has left Northern Colorado scarred, but also highlights how the community is uniting to preserve and protect the land they love for the future. It’s an important story to tell and an important story for Coloradans to watch.”

The Cameron Peak Fire began on August 13, 2020 and burned 208,913 acres of the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests in western Larimer County. Thought to be human-caused, the fire ignited on the flanks of Cameron Peak some 40 miles west of Fort Collins. After staying under 25,000 acres for three weeks, persistent dry conditions and high winds caused two major blowups—one on Labor Day weekend when the fire ran some 80,000 acres, and another on October 14-17 when it made a 30,000-acre run toward Fort Collins followed by a 25,000-acre run toward the Big Thompson Canyon and Estes Park. While the immediate damage was evident, the long-term repercussions will reveal themselves for years to come.

“I’ve spent months interviewing community members, business owners, and environmental and wildlife experts who are working creatively to navigate the impacts of the fire,” CBS4 reporter Dillon Thomas said. “It’s safe to say I’ve driven hundreds of miles, and hiked many as well with gear … gaining access to areas of the burn scar still closed off to the public, and areas still left desolated.”

The fire itself destroyed hundreds of homes and closed trail systems and other recreation areas. In the year since the fire, flash flooding in the massive burn scar has killed humans and wildlife, cut off water sources, destroyed homes, and ruined seasonal recreation business. Nearly 500 structures were burned, including 224 houses. For three months, the Cameron Peak Fire created toxic air quality along the Front Range from Greeley to Denver. The fire’s effects on the Cache la Poudre watershed are yet to be determined, but it is clear that forest and community recovery will likely take many years.

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