Big Meadows Fire 95% contained

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ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, Colo. –Fire officials announced Wednesday that the Big Meadows Fire at Rocky Mountain National Park is almost fully contained.

The wildfire that was sparked by lightning on June 10 is 95 percent contained, and has burned a total of 604 acres.

Management of the fire also transitioned back to a Type 3 inter-agency team, that will continue to monitor the burn area until it is completely contained.

According to Rocky Mountain National Park spokesperson Kyle Patterson, it is possible that the fire may produce visible smoke due to pockets of heat fueled by higher temperatures and wind gusts reaching as high as 40 mph Wednesday.

The fire has not threatened any structures or communities. It is one of several fires that are currently burning in Colorado.

Due to the other fires in Colorado — as well as in other states — that are affecting many homes and other structures, resources were a bit thinned out across the nation.

Trail closures remain in effect for the Onahu Trail, the Green Mountain Trail, and the lower Tonahutu Trail. Trail closures did affect a section of the Continental Divide Trail that passes through the park.

Visit the Rocky Mountain National Park website for the latest information regarding trail closures and alerts here: www.nps.gov/romo.

All major roads and facilities in Rocky Mountain National Park remain open, as are the neighboring communities of Grand Lake and Estes Park.

There has been a fire information line established at 970-586-1381 for updated information on the Big Meadows Fire.

Initially, the fire just burned 2 to 3 acres in grass, and forest officials considered letting it burn. However, as the fire grew high winds pushed it to a large area of beetle kill trees and the fire quickly grew.

The Fort Collins Coloradoan reported the fire is burning in beetle kill trees in the Colorado River headwaters. The area is critical to Fort Collins because it’s home to Granby and other Colorado-Big Thompson Project reservoirs. If it were to move south, it could endanger the water reservoirs.