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Contact: Kyle Patterson, (970) 586-1363
Late yesterday, weather conditions (calm winds and higher humidity) assisted firefighters in their efforts on the Tonahutu Fire in Rocky Mountain National Park. The fire is estimated to be 7 acres.
This morning twenty-five firefighters, including personnel from Rocky Mountain National Park, Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forest and Grand Lake Fire Protection District are fighting the fire. Two Type 2 crews are travelling to the park.
Yesterday, six firefighters, from the three agencies listed above, were initial attack. They were assisted by a Type III helicopter that dropped water on the fire. The fire is located roughly 1 mile north of Grand Lake. 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.