Update on Fire in Rocky Mountain National Park
Yesterday aerial observation indicated there was a small fire burning
one mile south of Mount Dickinson in Rocky Mountain National Park. The
location is roughly seven miles from the nearest road and is located in
heavy timber in a remote area.
It is roughly six miles west of Glen Haven in the West Creek drainage in the North Fork area of the park. The fire yesterday was reported as 3 to 5 acres and has increased to 10 to 12 acres.
Yesterday, five airplane loads of retardant were dropped on the fire.
At approximately 4:30 p.m. eight smokejumpers deployed in to the area.
The retardant loads helped knock down the fire but it is not yet contained. A
ground crew from Rocky Mountain National Park reached the vicinity of the fire last night. This morning 20 crew members from the Roosevelt Hotshots with the United States Forest Service began hiking to the area. They
arrived on scene this afternoon. A medium size helicopter has been
ordered and is scheduled to arrive this afternoon dedicated to support
firefighting efforts. Another large helicopter for water drops as well as
two additional air tankers have been requested.
All designated trails in Rocky Mountain National Park are open. However, due to aircraft and firefighters working in the West Creek and Fox Creek drainages; off-trail travel is not allowed in the area south of the North Fork of the Big Thompson River, west of the North Boundary Trail, north of Cow Creek and east of Mummy Mountain and Mount Dunraven.
This closure area is a remote section of the park and has very low visitation.
The cause of the fire is still undetermined.