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.

Significant flash flooding is occurring along Buckhorn Creek in Larimer County in vicinity of the Cameron Peak burn area! Reports of 2-3 foot surge of water. Will affect areas downstream toward Masonville.

Summary of existing Warning/Advisories. #COwx https://t.co/smTadJEDhG pic.twitter.com/XfnnsrsKXc

— NWS Boulder (@NWSBoulder) August 5, 2022

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 special weather statement has been issued for Aurora CO, Centennial CO and Denver Intl Airport CO until 3:45 PM MDT #COwx pic.twitter.com/djJdy9vwhP

Landspout #2 of the day!

Near Tower Rd 3:45pm #COwx #Landspout #Tornado @NWSBoulder

Photcred: Jennifer Le Jean pic.twitter.com/cKVr4pJ6FL

— Meteorologist Kody Wilson (@kodythewxguy) August 5, 2022

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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This tornado warning does NOT include the DIA Terminal and Concourses. Threat area is just to the west of that. #COwx https://t.co/XEqLy7qSv3

A tornado warning was issued for parts of Adams County and Denver at about the same time, the warning did not include Denver International Airport.

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