Rocky Mountain National Park warns of late season fire danger

Big Meadows fire Rocky Mountain National Park Arial view
The 2013 Big Meadows fire in Rocky Mountain National Park scorched more than 600 acres. Photo courtesy RMNP.

Drying grasses and shrubs up fire danger in parts of Colorado

Staff Report

FRISCO — Summer may be winding down, but the wildfire season is not over yet. In the past ten days, fire managers and park rangers at Rocky Mountain National Park have responded to four illegal, escaped campfires.

All four were quickly extinguished, each burning less than 0.25 acres, but park managers say they all had the potential to spread quickly and threaten lives and property.

The park issued a press release to remind campers about fire restrictions. Campfires are only allowed within designated campfire rings at select locations in the park, including picnic areas and campgrounds.

In the fall of 2012, the Fern Lake Fire started from an illegal campfire. This fire burned over 3,000 acres, caused an evacuation of a portion of Estes Park and cost more than 6 million dollars to suppress.

Colorado has had a relatively quiet wildfire season compared to other parts of the country. But now, the grasses and thick vegetation from the spring and summer rains are drying out and fire danger continues to rise going into September. Combined with normal fall wind events, there is still the potential for fast moving, large fire events.








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