Flash flood reported in Cameron Peak burn scar, waterspout 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 landing west of the airport Denver International.

According to the National Weather Service, a two to three foot rise in water was reported in Larimer County along Buckhorn Creek in the Cameron Peak fire area.

“Significant” flash flooding occurred along Buckhorn Creek, with 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 weather conditions and rising water levels.”

At approximately 3:15 p.m., the Weather Service issued a special weather report on 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 p.m. to 3:50 p.m., said Robert Koopmeiners, a meteorologist and weather service spokesman.

Earthspouts are generally smaller and weaker than supercell tornadoes. No damage was reported.

A tornado warning was issued for parts of Adams County and Denver around the same time, with the warning not including Denver International Airport.

Meanwhile, Denver set a record temperature for the August 5 date, Friday, when the mercury reached 101 degrees. The previous record was 99 set in 1877.

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