Rocky Mountains, USA

Emerald Lake view. Photo Credit: tupungato (iStock).

Bundle up, campers! You're no longer going to be able to use a fire to keep you warm in Rocky Mountain National Park.

According to park Public Affairs Officer Kyle Patterson, "park officials have announced a ban on all fires within Rocky Mountain National Park."

What is being implemented in what the park is calling a "complete fire ban" are stage 2 fire restrictions. They're set to begin on Friday, August 14 for Rocky Mountain National Park, meaning no campfires or charcoal briquette fires within the 265,807-acre park.

Park officials recently made announcement in a press release completely banning all fires starting on Friday, “due to the continued extreme fire danger, extended weather forecast, and current level of fire activity in the state of Colorado."

Petroleum fueled stoves and grills will still be permitted in developed campgrounds, picnic areas, and in designated backcountry campsites. Stoves must be able to be turned on and off. Smoking is also prohibited, except within an enclosed vehicle, or stopped within a developed paved area devoid of vegetation for at least three feet. Fireworks are always prohibited within the park.

Rocky Mountain National Park always operates under Stage 1 Fire Restrictions, allowing for campfires only in designated campfire rings located within picnic areas or front-country campgrounds.

The last time a total fire ban (Stage 2 Fire Restrictions) was in place in the park was in July of 2018. The ban will remain in effect until further notice. For more information, please visit nps.gov/romo or contact the park’s information office at 970-586-1206.

Hazy skies continue to consume the Colorado horizon as the 6th largest wildfire in the state's history continues to grow. In just 24 hours, flames from the Pine Gulch Fire spread more than 10,000 additional acres. The Grizzly Creek Fire that's keeping a section of I-70 closed nearly doubled in size within 24 hours to 6,250 acres. Fire danger remains high across the state.

Editor's Note: Be safe campers! Whether you’re planning to camp out in the backcountry or just somewhere close to town, always be sure check with the local county to find out what fire restrictions or bans are currently in place.

Breanna Sneeringer writes about news, adventure, and more for OutThere Colorado as a Digital Content Producer. She is an avid adventure seeker and wildflower enthusiast. Breanna joined OutThere Colorado in September 2018.

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