New fire in park closes road north of Grand Lake
September 18, 2010
A grass fire now burning into timber near the Onahu Trailhead in the Kaweeneeche Valley on the west side of Rocky Mountain National Park has torched about five acres, say park officials.
The fire has closed Trail Ridge Road from the Grand Lake Entrance Station to the Alpine Visitor Center.
The fire was reported after 4 p.m. today. Crews from the Grand County and Estes Park area are responding to the blaze. So far, no structures, campgrounds or visitors are threatened, said Rocky Mountain National Park spokesman Larry Frederick.
This new fire is on the west side of the Continental Divide and is not related to the Cow Creek Fire, now burning in the northeast corner of the park, Frederick said. That blaze has claimed over 1,000 acres and started in late June, he said.