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Tonahutu Fire On West Side Of Rocky Mountain National Park

Tonahutu Fire Photo From US 34 in Rocky Mountain National Park
View of smoke from Tonahutu Fire from US 34 inside Rocky Mountain National Park.

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News Release Date: August 12, 2014
Contact: Kyle Patterson, (970) 586-1363

There is a small fire, approximately 5 acres, on the west side of Rocky Mountain National Park called the Tonahutu Fire.  The fire is located roughly 1 mile north of Grand Lake.  There are six firefighters including personnel from Rocky Mountain National Park, Arapaho National Forest and Grand Lake Fire Protection District who have been part of the initial attack plus a Type III helicopter is on scene.  Two Type 2 crews and a ten person fire module have been ordered.  

There are some area closures on the west side of the park including the lower Tonahutu Trail from the junction of Green Mountain south to the trailhead and the spur trail from the Kawuneeche Visitor Center.   

The fire is believed to be lightning caused.    

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