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Beaver Mountain Fire

Sky-Hi News Staff Report
Grand County, CO Colorado

A small fire that started on the east side of Rocky Mountain National Park on Wednesday has been named the Beaver Mountain Fire.

It is located on Beaver Mountain, which is near Upper Beaver Meadows Road.

A Type III helicopter dropped buckets of water on the fire throughout Wednesday afternoon. An 18-person ground crew consisting of National Park Service and U.S. Forest

Service staff hiked to the area Wednesday and confirmed the size of the fire to be roughly one-half acre.

On Thursday morning, 16 National Park Service crew members hiked in to the area to complete mop-up operations. The Type III helicopter and six member crew from the U.S. Forest Service flew in some pumps on Thursday for the ground crew.

Minimal air operations were planned for Thursday. The helicopter and crew remained staged in the area if needed. Full containment of the fire was expected Thursday.

The cause of the fire was determined to be lightning.

With more than 5 inches of rain over the past two weeks, extreme fire behavior is not expected. Park fire managers expect containment today.

The section of the Ute Trail from Trail Ridge Road to Upper Beaver Meadows Road was closed as of Thursday afternoon. The Upper Beaver Meadows Road was also temporarily closed due to helicopter operations.

All other areas in Rocky Mountain National Park were open and not impacted by the fire.


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