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Contact: Lindsey Lewis, (970) 586-1330
Contact: Park Information, (970) 586-1206
Today’s initial attack operations on the Forest Canyon Fire resulted in approximately 80 percent containment. Due to the terrain, fuel load and inaccessibility of the fire, there is still potential for growth. The crews working on suppression efforts were met with extreme hazards including steep terrain, falling trees, and uneven footing. Due to these hazards, one firefighter did sustain an injury which required medical attention. While the fire is continuing to be managed for full suppression, firefighter safety remains the priority for fire managers. Because of this, efforts will include less ground crews, however air operations will continue using a Type 1 Chinook helicopter for water drops.
The Forest Canyon Fire is burning below Trail Ridge Road between and Rock Cut and Forest Canyon overlook, and is approximately 3 acres. Trail Ridge Road remains open unless fire conditions change. Upper Beaver Meadows Road is closed due to aviation operations.
Forest Canyon Fire is burning in mostly lodgepole pine forest, with 50 percent of the stand killed by recent insect infestations. This area of the Forest Canyon has not burned in the last 800 years. Fire behavior is being driven by steep terrain and fuel loads. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined. However, a thunderstorm with lightning moved through the Forest Canyon area afternoon.