Rocky Mountain National Park officials decide to suppress Big Meadows Fire

LARIMER COUNTY, Colo. - Officials at Rocky Mountain National Park have decided to fight a fire burning on the west side of the park, instead of letting it burn.

The fire was started by lightning on Monday in the Big Meadows, 4.5 miles from the Green Mountain Trailhead, officials said.

The fire has burned two to three acres.

"Although it is preferred to allow naturally occurring fires to burn for the benefit of the resource and future fire breaks, park managers have decided to suppress the fire when safe to do so," according to a news release from Rocky Mountain National Park. "Extended drought conditions and reduced interagency resources weighed in to this decision. The capacity to manage what would likely be a long duration fire is significantly limited."

The area does contain beetle killed trees.

Officials said smoke jumpers are staged nearby, in case they're needed.

There are five trails temporarily closed in the area -- the Onahu Trail, the Green Mountain Trail, the lower Tonahutu Trail, the Tonahutu Spur Trail and the Grand Lake Lodge Spur Trail.