Smoke from Cow Creek Fire in Park spotted |

Smoke from Cow Creek Fire in Park spotted

The Cow Creek Fire in Rocky Mountain National Park is still producing smoke from the remote western flank at the bottom of the West Creek drainage in an area of heavy fuels.

Sporadic, high winds and low relative humidity are attributed to fire smoke being visible on the eastern side of the Park on Sept. 1.

“A park fire crew is hiking to the area and is expected to have a better assessment later today,” said Park spokesperson Kyle Patterson on Thursday. “The fire crew will also try and determine if there are any other hot spots in the Cow Creek Fire area. Public and firefighter safety is always the top priority.”

In early July, firefighters achieved containment of the northeast, east, and southern portions of the Cow Creek Fire located in remote wilderness. The immediate threat to the area on the park’s eastern boundary was mitigated, but the potential remained for the fire to spread to the west. It was expected that the fire would likely burn through the remainder of the fire season with the potential of smoke being visible until a significant weather event, such as snow this fall, puts the fire out.

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