Remember Labor Day last year? If not, check out these photos. They'll jog your memory. Ah, nostalgia.

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Many of us got to spend Labor Day this year in the company of friends and family, some of us enjoying the great outdoors on a warm, clear weekend. Last year however, on top of the COVID-19 virus, we were dealing with a lot. Specifically, September 7, 2020 was a pretty gross day in Fort Collins, courtesy of the Cameron Peak Fire. It's safe to say no one was spending the day at Horsetooth Reservoir this time last year.

The wildfire, which would become the largest in Colorado history, had only been burning for a few weeks at that time (and the East Troublesome had not started yet). Over Labor Day weekend last year, the Cameron Peak Fire exploded from 30,000 acres to 60,000 acres.

The rapid doubling in size caused a massive plume of smoke to drift to the Fort Collins area, virtually turning day to night. Thick orange-brown smoke blanketed the city as scorched pine needles and ash fell like snow onto rooftops and cars.

The next day was also memorable, as actual snow fell from the sky following the 100-degree holiday weekend. We'd love to complain about snow in early September, but it was very welcomed, considering the circumstances.

The Cameron Peak Fire continued burning until December of 2020, charring over 200,000 acres and destroying dozens of homes. Scroll through the gallery below to see what Labor Day 2020 looked like here in town. #nofilter

Labor Day 2020

Cameron Peak Fire smoke in Fort Collins

2020 Cameron Peak Fire


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