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Big Meadows

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Upper Tonahutu Trail Remains Closed, Others Opened for Day Use
On the west side of Rocky Mountain National Park, the Lower Tonahutu Trail, the Green Mountain Trail and the Onahu Trail leading up to Big Meadows have reopened for day use only. The upper Tonahutu... more

INCIDENT UPDATED 8/29/2013

Approximate Location

40.321 latitude, -105.788 longitude

Incident Overview

Big Meadoes Fire on June 18, 2013

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The Big Meadows Fire is located about 5 miles north of Grand Lake, Colorado. It is on the north end of Big Meadows on the west side of Rocky Mountain National Park. The location is roughly 4.5 miles from the Green Mountain Trailhead.

The Big Meadows Fire is at an estimated 617 acres; the fire is considered to be 95% contained. Though fire crews have built secure fire lines, interior burning within the Big Meadows Fire may still occasionally be seen throughout the summer, until a significant weather event puts the fire out. Fire managers will continue to monitor the fire until they are confident it is completely out.

No structures or communities are threatened at this time.

On the afternoon of 06/10/13 the fire was started by lightning and originally was burning in grass and was reported at 2 to 3 acres the next day. During the afternoon high winds, due to high temperatures, low humidity, and a large amount of beetle kill the fire grew to about 400 acres. Fire management objectives are to keep the fire north of Tonahutu Creek and west of the Continental Divide.

On the west side of Rocky Mountain National Park, the Lower Tonahutu Trail, the Green Mountain Trail and the Onahu Trail leading up to Big Meadows have reopened for day use only. The upper Tonahutu Trail will remain closed. Trail closures do affect a section of the Continental Divide Trail that passes through the park. Know before you go and be sure to check with Visitor Center or park info. office at (970) 586-1206.

All major roads and facilities in Rocky Mountain National Park are open as are the neighboring communities of Grand Lake and Estes Park.

The park has set up a recorded Fire Information Line at (970) 586-1381 which will be updated when new information on the Big Meadows Fire is available.

For more information about Rocky Mountain National Park, please call the park’s Information Office at (970) 586-1206.


Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning
Date of OriginMonday June 10th, 2013 approx. 03:30 PM
Location5 miles North of Grand Lake, CO

Current Situation

Size617 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Fuels Involved

Timber (litter and understory)Beetle kill

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Unit Information

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Rocky Mountain National Park
National Park Service

Incident Contacts

Recorded Fire Information
Phone: 970-586-1381
Hours: 24 hours a day
Kyle Patterson
Phone: 970-586-1363
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