Officials warn of increased illegal campfires in Rocky Mountain National Park

Posted: 4:41 PM, Jul 13, 2016
Updated: 2016-07-13 22:41:55Z

ESTES PARK, Colo. -- An uptick in illegal campfires in Rocky Mountain National Park has authorities on guard in the hopes of preventing a devastating wildfire. 

The warning from park rangers at Rocky Mountain National Park follows a fire that sparked in Boulder County following campfires that weren't fully extinguished. Rangers are likely hoping to avoid that same costly firefight. 

Recently, fire officials say they've had to respond to a host of what they call fire incidents. In just three days, park visitors have sparked illegal campfires at least two times. 

Two separate groups of park visitors were issued notices, while investigation is underway as to who may have started a third fire. 

Officials say they need the help of park visitors to prevent wildfire, as life, livestock and property are all at risk if a wildfire does spread in the area. 

In 2012 an illegal campfire burned 3,000 acres in the Rocky Mountain National Park, costing more than $6 million. 

Restrictions are in place to prevent camp fires in most areas of Rocky Mountain National Park year-round.