On Wednesday, October 21, the East Troublesome Fire ran approximately 18 miles before it moved into the west side of Rocky Mountain National Park. It then spotted approximately 1.5 miles from the head of Tonahutu Creek on the west side of the Continental Divide to the head of Spruce Creek on the east side of the Continental Divide. Rapid evacuations took place in Grand Lake on October 21. Evacuations for the majority of the Estes Valley were implemented on October 22, as weather predictions forecast major winds on the night of October 23 through October 24 pushing the fire further to the east. Firefighting actions and favorable weather on October 24 and 25 helped halt the major movement of the East Troublesome and Cameron Peak Fires.
The video on the park's Facebook page (posted this morning) demonstrates first-hand the impacts of the East Troublesome Fire. It is a somber reflection and an important part of our understanding.
Approximately 30,000 acres, or 9 percent of the park, has been impacted by the East Troublesome and Cameron Peak Fires.
Our park staff are working to create a path forward for those areas that were most impacted.