Firefighter working Big Meadows Fire in Rocky Mountain National Park has medical emergency

ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, Colo. - A firefighter working the Big Meadows Fire had to be airlifted to the hospital after a medical emergency Sunday.

There was not an accident, said Fire Information Officer Bill Kight.  No other information was released about the medical emergency or the firefighter's condition.

The Big Meadows Fire is considered 75 percent contained, according to the update released Sunday.  The fire size is 604 acres.

The Incident Management Team will release one of their‘air attack’ light planes that is used for reconnaissance and the one heavy helicopter currently assigned to the incident.  Two of their assigned Type I hotshot crews will be released as well. 

Fire-fighting resources on the fire Monday will include two wildland fire modules of eight fire-fighters each, two interagency 20-person Type I hotshot crews, and two fire engines.  Available air resources will include one ‘air attack’ light plane, two light helicopters, and one  medium helicopter. 

The Timber Lake Trail will be open for day use only.

Closures remain in effect for the Onahu Trail, the Green Mountain Trail and the lower Tonahutu Trail.  Trail closures do affect a section of the Continental Divide Trail that passes through the park. Park officials said before people go hiking, they should first check with a park visitor center or park Information Office at 970-586-1206.