ALAMOSA COUNTY, Colo. (KDVR) — Update, 9:45 p.m. Great Sand Dunes National Park reopened around 8:15 p.m. after lightning sparked a fire there Wednesday afternoon.
The 306-acre Medano Fire was 80% contained, according to park officials. Fire crews were expected to work through the night until the fire is fully contained.
Original: A fire has sparked inside Great Sand Dunes National Park, according to park officials.
The National Park Service for the area tweeted it was started by a lightning strike in the grasslands along the entrance road along Highway 150.
Inbound traffic and the visitor center were closed, but there were no other evacuations at of around 4:30 p.m., park officials said.