Small, remote fire in Rocky Mountain National Park started by lightning
October 3, 2011
Lightning ignited a small fire in a remote part of Rocky Mountain National Park on Saturday, Oct. 1.
The fire, in the West Creek area of Rocky Mountain National Park. The West Creek area west of Glen Haven and north of Estes Park, is about one-half mile east of last year’s Cow Creek Fire.
Park fire managers flew over the area late Saturday and estimated the fire to be approximately 1 acre. On Sunday, four members of the park’s fire crew, two Pike National Forest Helitack members, and the park’s fire manager officer, were flown to a remote landing area to assess the fire. They are being assisted by the U.S. Forest Service Monument helicopter and associated crew. Also joining the crew is a paramedic with the Lafayette Fire Department.
With sparse and minimal fuel at the location of the fire, it is not expected to spread.
Smoke was visible Saturday afternoon from homes east of the fire. Because of its remote location there are no impacts on roads or trails in the Park.
The park is open and busy with visitors enjoying fall colors, the elk rut and mild weather.