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Rocky Mountain National Park Announces Complete Fire Ban

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Rocky Mountain National Park Announces Complete Fire Ban

RMNP Press Release:

Due to the continued extreme fire danger, extended weather forecast and current level of fire activity in the State of Colorado, park officials have announced a ban on all fires within Rocky Mountain National Park. This ban is effective beginning today, Friday, July 6, and will remain in effect until further notice.

Campfires, including charcoal briquette fires, are not permitted anywhere within the park. However, petroleum fueled stoves and grills will still be permitted in developed campgrounds, picnic areas and in designated backcountry campsites. Stoves must be able to be turned on and off. Smoking is also prohibited, except within an enclosed vehicle, or stopped within a developed paved area devoid of vegetation for at least three feet. Visitors are reminded to properly extinguish all lighted smoking materials and dispose of properly. Fireworks are always prohibited within the park.

Rocky Mountain National Park always has Stage 1 fire restrictions in place, where campfires are prohibited in the park, except within designated campfire rings in picnic areas and front-country campgrounds. The last time a total fire ban (Stage 2 fire restrictions) was in place in the park was in June of 2012.

https://www.nps.gov/romo/learn/news/rocky-mo…

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1. Re: Rocky Mountain National Park Announces Complete Fire Ban

Good!

Wasn't the Fern Lake fire started by an illegal campfire in the fall of 2012? :(

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2. Re: Rocky Mountain National Park Announces Complete Fire Ban

Yes, the Fern Lake fire was started by an illegal campfire on October 9, 2012. That fire was not officially extinguished until January 7, 2013.

https:/…fern_lake_fire.htm

June 23, 2012 the Woodland Heights fire in Estes Park destroyed 22 homes in the High Drive area located immediately north (as in literally feet from the RMNP boundary) of the RMNP Beaver Meadows Visitor Center and entrance to RMNP.

For rangers to comment that this is the first time since June 2012 that a total fire ban has been put in place in RMNP means that fire danger is extremely high.

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