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Rocky Mountain National Park Announces Total Fire Ban

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Date: June 18, 2012
Contact: Kyle Patterson, (970) 586-1363

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, Monday, June 18, 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 designated backcountry campsites, as well as developed campgrounds and picnic areas. Smoking is also prohibited, except within enclosed vehicles, parking lots or developed areas that are cleared of all flammable materials for at least three feet in diameter. Visitors are reminded to properly extinguish all lighted smoking materials in ashtrays. Fireworks are always prohibited within the park.    

Rocky Mountain National Park always restricts campfires to designated fire grates only. The last time a total fire ban was in place in the park was in September of 2010, and during the summer of 2002.    

For further information on fire conditions in the park, please contact the park's Information Office at 970-586-1206.

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a photo of Elizabeth Burnell, the nation's first female nature guide

Rocky Mountain National Park licensed the nation’s first female nature guides in 1917. Sisters Ester and Elizabeth Burnell learned the naturalist trade from advocate and author Enos Mills.