Big Meadows Fire in Rocky Mountain National Park: 333 acres burned, no structures at risk

30% containment as of Thursday night

ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, Colo. - The size of the wildfire burning in Rocky Mountain National Park has been cut in half.

"Based on a flight last night to map the perimeter of the fire using thermal imagery, the size of the fire has been more accurately estimated at 333 acres," park officials said Thursday.

Containment was put at 30 percent Thursday night.

The fire is burning 5 miles north of Grand Lake. It started Monday afternoon when a lightning strike ignited grass in the Big Meadows, 4.5 miles from the Green Mountain Trailhead on the west side of the park, said park spokesman Kyle Patterson.

The fire is burning in remote, steep, rugged terrain with extensive hazards and more than 80 percent beetle-killed trees, park officials said. The plan continues to be to hold the fire east of Trail Ridge Road (Highway 34), west of the Continental Divide, and north of Tonahutu Creek. There are no structures or communities at immediate risk.

There are seven trails that are temporarily closed in the area – the Onahu Trail, the Green Mountain Trail, the lower Tonahutu Trail, the Tonahutu Spur Trail, the Grand Lake Lodge Spur Trail, the Timber Lake Trail and the trail which branches toward Mount Ida from Milner Pass. 

All major roads in the park are still open.

The fire is expected to burn for days.

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