Fire News

The summer monsoons have finally begun bringing increased humidity and moisture. Within the last few days, the fire danger has been reduced from extreme to very high and most recently, to high. The danger of a fire start is still high, so the ban on open fires within the park is still in place. But we will continue to update this page as conditions change. Scroll down for details.

Please see below for updates on any fire restrictions or other fire related information.



  • No open, wood or charcoal burning fires are permitted anywhere in the park. At Morefield Campground and the Chapin picnic area, ONLY pressurized gas stoves and contained charcoal or pellet grills (Weber or Smoky Joe grills) are permitted, and for cooking purposes only. No fire source is allowed in the open fire pits.
  • Smoking is permitted only inside a vehicle, parking lot, or developed area clear of vegetation.
  • Please be careful with any fire source.

August 7, 2018 Moccasin Mesa Fire in Mesa Verde National Park

The lightning caused Moccasin Mesa Fire remains at 185 acres. This fire began Saturday, August 4, 2018 as a result of a lighting storm the previous evening. Growth on the fire progressed rapidly on Saturday, burning in pinon and juniper fuels, but the use of air resources on August 4 and 5 allowed for fire fighters to safely engage the fire on the ground on Monday, August 6. Command of the fire remains under the Durango Type 3 Incident Command Team. There are 117 resources from multiple agencies, including National Park Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, US Forest Service, State, and County working together on the incident. The fire is 10% contained, and today’s objectives are to build additional containment line, maintaining a full suppression, direct attack strategy, and begin “mop up” operations. Air resources continue to support ground operations. There have been no injuries or other incidents related to the fire.

The park is open. Services on Chapin Mesa are not impacted, however, the B Cut Parking Lot (the large parking lot near Park Point) is closed in order to support fire resources. 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. Please also use caution around the B Cut Parking Lot as there is heavy traffic in this area.

We will update the park’s Facebook page regularly Information on the Moccasin Mesa Fire is also on Inciweb at

July 10, 2018 -- Fire Ban Continues, But the Summer Monsoon Season is Starting to Bring Welcome Rain
The summer monsoons have begun bringing increased humidity and moisture. Although increased humidity at night may slow the spread of a possible wildfire, conditions are still dry and a fire can still easily spread in grass or leaves during the driest hours of the afternoon. Because of this, fire danger is still considered high, and there is still a ban on open fires within the park. We will continue to update this page if conditions change.

June 27, 2018 -- Fire Ban in Mesa Verde National Park Continues

Conditions in the park are extremely dry and the fire danger is currently extreme. Strict fire restrictions are in effect.

The restrictions include all areas and residences within the park. No open fires of any kind are permitted in the park. ONLY pressurized gas stoves and contained charcoal or pellet grills (Weber or Smoky Joe grills) are permitted at Morefield Campground and the Chapin picnic area. Fireworks are always illegal and very dangerous during this extremely dry period.

The fire ban will be in place until the park receives significant moisture and 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. The Fire Management Office monitors conditions closely and will allow campfires again, once it is safe to do so.

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: August 7, 2018

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