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Closures In The Northwest Section Of Rocky Mountain National Park Due To Cameron Peak Fire

August, 19 2020 | Local News
Rocky Mountain National Park

Special to the Surveyor

     In an abundance of caution, due to forecast winds and extreme fire conditions, Rocky Mountain National Park is implementing temporary closures in the more remote northwest area of Rocky Mountain National Park due to the Cameron Peak Fire.  The fire is approximately 4 miles from the park’s northwest boundary.  This closure includes wilderness campsites, cross country zones and trail systems in the northwest section of the park.  There are currently no road closures within Rocky Mountain National Park. 

     Included in this closure is the Mummy Pass Trail, Commanche Peak Trail, Mirror Lake Trail, Poudre River Trail, Crater Trail, Colorado River Trail, Red Mountain Trail, Grand Ditch Access, Skeleton Gulch Trail, Thunder Pass Trail, Little Yellowstone Trail and Holzwarth Historic Site access beyond the historic site. Closed cross country travel zones include Cascade Creek, Cache La Poudre, South Cache La Poudre, Hague Creek and Mosquito Creek.  Twenty wilderness campsites are also included in this closure area.  

     If the Cameron Peak Fire moves into Rocky Mountain National Park, fire managers’ objective will continue to be full suppression of the fire.  

     A complete fire ban has been in effect in Rocky Mountain National Park since Friday, August 14. Campfires, including charcoal briquette fires, are not permitted anywhere within the park. However, petroleum fueled stoves and grills will still be permitted in developed campgrounds, picnic areas and in designated backcountry campsites.  Stoves must be able to be turned on and off.  Smoking is also prohibited, except within an enclosed vehicle, or stopped within a developed paved area devoid of vegetation for at least three feet. Visitors are reminded to properly extinguish all lighted smoking materials and dispose of properly. Fireworks are always prohibited within the park. 

     Rocky Mountain National Park always has Stage 1 fire restrictions in place, where campfires are prohibited in the park, except within designated campfire rings in picnic areas and front-country campgrounds.  The last time a total fire ban (Stage 2 fire restrictions) was in place in the park was in July of 2018. 

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