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RMNP forest fire burns 1,500 acres

A forest fire one mile south of the Mount Dickinson area in Rocky Mountain National Park claimed an estimated 1,500 acres by Sunday, June 27, according to updates from Park personnel.

As of Sunday, a Rocky MountainType 2 Fire Incident Team began overseeing fire fighting operations.

First observed on June 24, the “Cow Creek fire” is in a remote area with heavy timber on the Park’s eastern side, roughly seven miles from the nearest road, six miles west of Glen Haven in the West Creek drainage in the North Fork area of the Park. The fire is between 9,700 feet and 10,000 feet in elevation.

“The quick response and continued efforts on the part of the fire crews and smokejumpers has resulted in a strong base on which to manage this fire,” said Incident Commander Todd Pechoda in Park updates released on Sunday.

On Saturday the Park requested four air tankers from Jefferson County Airport and

six to eight smokejumpers based out of Grand Junction.

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Resources initially included Rocky Mountain National Park staff, Estes Park Volunteer Fire Department and Glen Haven Volunteer Fire Department while the location of the smoke was being determined.

Rocky Mountain National Park is still open to visitors and most trails are open, according to Park statements.

Just a handful of trails on the East side have been closed due to the fire.

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