Firefighting efforts in Rocky Mountain National Park received a significant boost over the weekend thanks to more than a foot of fresh snowfall.
The Beaver Meadows Visitor Center, very near where a wildfire erupted last week in Spruce Creek just 10 miles west of Estes Park, received 15 inches while higher elevations received 18 inches.
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The fire in Spruce Creek began as a spot fire from the East Troublesome Fire on the other side of the Continental Divide. While today’s news is good, officials warn that Rocky Mountain National Park is not out of the woods yet, as this snow isn’t expected to fully tamp out the fire.
“Due to the weather, fire managers did not see any fire growth or activity yesterday and expect that to continue today,” according to Monday morning’s official fire incident report on the fire. “Precipitation received over the fire the past two days will significantly diminish fire behavior in the short term but may not be enough to end fire season for the year. Extended precipitation that stays on the ground and seeps into the fuels will be necessary to completely extinguish the fire. Fire activity may increase again as we move into another drying trend with moderate temperatures and no predicted precipitation in the extended forecast.”
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