The fire on Cameron Peak has burned more than 8,000 acres in the Colorado River Gorge, authorities said on Friday, after the blaze had spread to more than 40 square miles in the mountains.
Officials say there are “high potential” of flash flooding and that there could be a high risk of severe weather in the area on Saturday.
The wildfire on Cameron’s peak is burning along a highway that was built by the U.S. Forest Service in the 1960s and is near the summit.
A U.D. National Weather Service forecast showed gusty winds and high humidity would make it difficult for firefighters to reach the peak.