Flash flood reported in Cameron Peak burn scar, landspout spotted near DIA.


Turbulent weather hit parts of the Front Range on Friday with flash flooding in the Cameron Peak fire scar, a tornado warning in Adams County and a landspout tornado touching down west of  Denver International Airport.

A two- to three-foot surge of water was reported in Larimer County along Buckhorn Creek in the Cameron Peak fire area, according to the National Weather Service.

“Significant” flash flooding occurred along Buckhorn Creek with the water rushing downstream toward Masonville.

A flash flood warning was posted for the area until 6:30 p.m., according to the weather service.

The Larimer County Sheriff’s Office issued an emergency warning for residents along Buckhorn Road and County Road 27, advising people to “pay close attention to the weather conditions and rising water.”

At about 3:15 p.m., the weather service issued a special weather statement about a possible landspout for Aurora, Centennial and Denver International Airport through 3:45 p.m.

A landspout tornado touched down for about 7 minutes, west of the DIA, from 3:43 to 3:50 p.m., said Robert Koopmeiners, a meteorologist and spokesman with the weather service.

Landspouts are generally smaller and weaker than supercell tornadoes. There were no reports of damage.


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