Firefighters hope to contain small fire in Rocky Mountain National Park today |

Firefighters hope to contain small fire in Rocky Mountain National Park today

Special to the Sky-Hi News
Grand County, CO Colorado

A small fire that started on the east side of Rocky Mountain National Park on Wednesday is now being called 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.

Resources are still being determined for Thursday.

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

The cause of the fire is suspected to be lightning but is still under investigation.

The section of the Ute Trail from Trail Ridge Road to Upper Beaver Meadows Road is closed. The Upper Beaver Meadows Road is temporarily closed due to helicopter operations.

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

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