Fire News

Mesa Verde National Park fire danger level is currently high. Standard fire restrictions are in effect.

 

STANDARD FIRE RESTRICTIONS IN EFFECT

  • Campfires are allowed only in established fire grates at Morefield Campground and the Chapin Mesa Picnic Area.
  • Smoking is permitted outside, except within cliff dwellings and other archeological sites.
  • Please be careful with any fire source.
 
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September 11, 2020

Hiking Trails Have Reopened
Recent moisture has lessened the fire danger, so all hiking trails have reopened. (Wetherill Mesa remains closed.)

 
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August 24, 2020

Mesa Verde Will be Moving into Extreme Fire Danger Level on Monday, August 24

Due to the return of hot and dry weather conditions, Mesa Verde will be moving into Extreme Fire Danger on Monday, August 24, 2020. An Extreme Fire Danger rating means that fires have a high potential to escape initial attack. There are currently no fires in the park. Due to the increased fire danger level, the park will close the following hiking trails on Monday, August 24, 2020: Point Lookout Trail, Prater Ridge Trail, Knife Edge Trail, Farming Terrace Trail, Spruce Canyon Trail, and the Lower Petroglyph Point Trail. Wetherill Mesa Road, sites, and trails will remain closed. (Upper Petroglyph Point Trail, Soda Canyon Overlook Trail, and Far View Sites Trail will remain open.)

These restrictions and closures will remain in effect until such time as the fire danger in the park becomes less severe. Your cooperation in decreasing the potential for a catastrophic fire within Mesa Verde National Park is appreciated.

 
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July 28, 2020

Fire Ban is Lifted

Recent monsoonal rains have reduced fire danger in the park and the fire ban which has been in effect since May 24 has been lifted. Only standard fire restrictions (as noted above) are in place.

 
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July 22, 2020

Lighting Causes Entrance Fire in Mesa Verde

The Entrance Fire was reported to Mesa Verde Dispatch on July 21, 2020 at approximately 4:15 pm. This lighting caused fire is located near the trailer parking lot at the entrance of the park. As of the morning of July 22, 2020, this fire is approximately 1.5 acres. Personnel supporting this fire include NPS, US Forest Service employees, and resources from Mancos and Cortez. Crews are currently working on mopping up and extinguishing any interior hot spots. The fire is currently being managed by Mesa Verde National Park.

The park is open. Services are not impacted at this time. Due to extreme fire danger and Covid-19 precautions, there are limited services and facilities available in the park. The current fire ban, enacted on May 24, 2020, remains in effect. Please do not stop in the roadway, allow fire personnel to have right of way, and remember drones are prohibited in Mesa Verde National Park.

 
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July 1, 2020

The Morefield Fire is contained at 46 acres in size.

 
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June 28, 2020

Lighting Causes Morefield Fire in Mesa Verde

The Morefield Fire was reported by Park Point Lookout on June 27, 2020 at approximately 5:40 pm. This fire is located near Morefield Canyon in the southeast part of the park, about a mile from Ute Mountain Ute boundary and approximately 5 miles southeast of Morefield Campground. As of the morning of June 28, 2020, this fire is approximately 46 acres. Personnel supporting this fire include NPS, BIA, and US Forest Service employees, and include aviation resources and ground attack. The fire is currently being managed by Mesa Verde National Park.

The park is open. Service in Morefield are not impacted at this time. Due to extreme fire danger and Covid-19 precautions, there are limited services and facilities available in the park. The current fire ban, enacted on May 24, 2020, remains in effect. Please do not stop in the roadway, allow fire personnel to have right of way, and remember drones are prohibited in Mesa Verde National Park.

 
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June 22, 2020

Mesa Verde Will be Moving into Extreme Fire Danger Level on Monday, June 22

Due to continued hot and dry weather conditions, Mesa Verde will be moving into Extreme Fire Danger on Monday, June 22, 2020. An Extreme Fire Danger rating means that fires have a high potential to escape initial attack. There are currently no fires in the park. Due to the increased fire danger level, the park will close the following hiking trails on Monday, June 22, 2020: Spruce Canyon Trail, Point Lookout Trail, Prater Ridge Trail, and Lower Petroglyph Point Trail. Wetherill Mesa Road, sites, and trails will remain closed.

The previous fire ban remains in effect: No wood or charcoal fires are permitted throughout Mesa Verde National Park. This includes all the residences inside the park, Morefield Campground, and the Chapin Mesa picnic area. Pressurized gas stoves, lanterns and other equipment are permitted at Morefield Campground and the Chapin picnic area. No wood or charcoal burning fires are allowed in the campground fire rings or anywhere else in the park. Smoking and e-cigarettes are only permitted in vehicles, parking lots or developed areas clear of vegetation. Cigarette butts must be disposed of in an ash tray or other approved container. Fireworks are prohibited in Mesa Verde National Park.

These restrictions and closures will remain in effect until such time as the fire danger in the park becomes less severe. Due to the lack of forecasted precipitation in the near future, these restrictions may be in place for an extended period of time. Your cooperation in decreasing the potential for a catastrophic fire within Mesa Verde National Park is appreciated.

This prohibition is based on 16 United States Code, Section 3 and 36 Code of Federal Regulations subsections 1.5 Closures and public use limits. (a)(1).; 2.13 Fires. (a)(5)(c); 2.21 Smoking. (a); and 2.38 Explosives. (b)(c).

 
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May 24, 2020

Fire Restrictions in Effect Starting May 24

No wood or charcoal fires are permitted throughout Mesa Verde National Park. This includes all the residences inside the park, Morefield Campground, and the Chapin Mesa picnic area. Pressurized gas stoves, lanterns and other equipment are permitted at Morefield Campground and the Chapin picnic area. No wood or charcoal burning fires are allowed in the campground fire rings or anywhere else in the park. Smoking and e-cigarettes are only permitted in vehicles, parking lots or developed areas clear of vegetation. Cigarette butts must be disposed of in an ash tray or other approved container. Fireworks are prohibited in Mesa Verde National Park.

This restriction shall remain in effect until such time as the fire danger in the park becomes less severe. Due to the lack of forecasted precipitation in the near future, these restrictions may be in place for an extended period of time. Your cooperation in decreasing the potential for a catastrophic fire within Mesa Verde National Park is appreciated.

This prohibition is based on 16 United States Code, Section 3 and 36 Code of Federal Regulations subsections 1.5 Closures and public use limits. (a)(1).; 2.13 Fires. (a)(5)(c); 2.21 Smoking. (a); and 2.38 Explosives. (b)(c). SW Colorado federal agency level 1 fire restrictions are also in effect.

Last updated: October 6, 2020

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Mesa Verde National Park, CO 81330

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