Cameron Peak Fire Causes Closure of Trail Ridge Road
“In closing the road, park officials cited Red Flag Warnings, hot and dry weather conditions, and active fire behavior as their primary reasons. The fire, which has burned over 34,289 acres, is also creating heavy smoke on the road and low visibility.” -Eli Pace, SkyHiNews
Pace, E. (2020, September 6). Rocky Mountain National Park closes Trail Ridge Road, other areas for Cameron Peak Fire. SkyHiNews. Retrieved From https://www.skyhinews.com/news/rocky-mountain-national-park-closes-trail-ridge-road-for-cameron-peak-fire/?fbclid=IwAR0BXFEb0hdUNPlnrU1yTpOrEsjOM6shpYUGwxfzrWrSWZ2BPzL7Gr0KeVM
After a severely dry month of August, fires started igniting all across the state of Colorado. Two of the major four burning in the state are all too close to home with the Williams Fork Fire in Grand County and the Cameron Peak Fire currently exploding north of the county border. Dampening rains last week helped to somewhat extinguish both fires for a short time, but the return of hot, dry, and windy conditions the past few days has caused extreme fire activity to re-immerge in the Cameron Peak Fire. The fire is displaying extreme behavior and has grown more than 30,000 acres in the last 3 days. Now entering the remote, northern border of Rocky Mountain National Park, officials have opted to close Trail Ridge Road for the time being. The road is currently closed about ten miles in at the Colorado River Trailhead and seventeen miles in from Estes Park at the Forest Canyon Overlook. Park officials cited hot and dry, red flag weather conditions, extreme fire behavior, and smoke causing low visibility on the road as the reasoning behind the closure. Fire activity is expected to continue growth today before a major weather shift throughout tonight and tomorrow brings significant snow accumulation. This weather pattern is anticipated to diminish the fire activity at least for the time being.