Residents debate mountain living amid wildfire concerns

Residents debate mountain living amid wildfire concerns

June Alexander looks across the canyon from her property at a hillside that was burned by the Cameron Peak Fire on Sept. 16, 2020 in Bellevue, Colorado. The fire burned right to the road just below her property. The fire has burned 102,596 acres and is currently 15% contained. Alexander owns CanyonSide Campground in Bellevue about 35 miles from La Porte up Poudre Canyon Road or Colorado Highway 14. She has been evacuated from the area since August 13th when the Cameron Peak fire ignited and threatened her home and business. Since then she has lived in her RV and spent the last week in a hotel. She has been allowed back a couple of times to retrieve medicine for her dog, water her plants etc. She has not lost her property but many of the buildings smell of smoke. (Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via AP)
June Alexander, center, and her friend Joe Janacaro, in back, walk down her driveway near evacuation tape attached to a post on September 16, 2020 in Bellevue, Colorado. She has been evacuated from CanyonSide Camping, the property she owns since the Cameron Peak Fire started on August 13th. The fire burned right to the road just below her property. The fire has burned 102,596 acres and is currently 15% contained. Alexander owns CanyonSide Campground in Bellevue about 35 miles from La Porte up Poudre Canyon Road or Colorado Highway 14. She has been evacuated from the area since August 13th when the Cameron Peak fire ignited and threatened her home and business. Since then she has lived in her RV and spent the last week in a hotel. She has been allowed back a couple of times to retrieve medicine for her dog, water her plants etc. She has not lost her property but many of the buildings smell of smoke. (Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via AP)
Helicopters make water drops on the Cameron Peak Fire on September 16, 2020 in Red Feather Lakes, Colorado. The fire has burned 102,596 acres and is currently 15% contained. It started on August 13th in the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests near Cameron Pass and Chambers Lake. (Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via AP)
Amanda Harmon talks about evacuating from her home from the Cameron Peak Fire on Sept. 16, 2020 in Red Feather Lakes, Colo. She has been evacuated from her home in Spencer Heights since the Cameron Peak Fire started on August 13th. The fire burned much of the property but not her home. She is currently living in Fort Collins until she is allowed back. Fire officials have said that might not be until after Thanksgiving.The fire has burned 102,596 acres and is currently 15% contained. (Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via AP)

Residents debate mountain living amid wildfire concerns

June Alexander looks across the canyon from her property at a hillside that was burned by the Cameron Peak Fire on Sept. 16, 2020 in Bellevue, Colorado. The fire burned right to the road just below her property. The fire has burned 102,596 acres and is currently 15% contained. Alexander owns CanyonSide Campground in Bellevue about 35 miles from La Porte up Poudre Canyon Road or Colorado Highway 14. She has been evacuated from the area since August 13th when the Cameron Peak fire ignited and threatened her home and business. Since then she has lived in her RV and spent the last week in a hotel. She has been allowed back a couple of times to retrieve medicine for her dog, water her plants etc. She has not lost her property but many of the buildings smell of smoke. (Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via AP)
June Alexander, center, and her friend Joe Janacaro, in back, walk down her driveway near evacuation tape attached to a post on September 16, 2020 in Bellevue, Colorado. She has been evacuated from CanyonSide Camping, the property she owns since the Cameron Peak Fire started on August 13th. The fire burned right to the road just below her property. The fire has burned 102,596 acres and is currently 15% contained. Alexander owns CanyonSide Campground in Bellevue about 35 miles from La Porte up Poudre Canyon Road or Colorado Highway 14. She has been evacuated from the area since August 13th when the Cameron Peak fire ignited and threatened her home and business. Since then she has lived in her RV and spent the last week in a hotel. She has been allowed back a couple of times to retrieve medicine for her dog, water her plants etc. She has not lost her property but many of the buildings smell of smoke. (Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via AP)
Helicopters make water drops on the Cameron Peak Fire on September 16, 2020 in Red Feather Lakes, Colorado. The fire has burned 102,596 acres and is currently 15% contained. It started on August 13th in the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests near Cameron Pass and Chambers Lake. (Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via AP)
Amanda Harmon talks about evacuating from her home from the Cameron Peak Fire on Sept. 16, 2020 in Red Feather Lakes, Colo. She has been evacuated from her home in Spencer Heights since the Cameron Peak Fire started on August 13th. The fire burned much of the property but not her home. She is currently living in Fort Collins until she is allowed back. Fire officials have said that might not be until after Thanksgiving.The fire has burned 102,596 acres and is currently 15% contained. (Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via AP)