The Stanley Hotel stepped up to house and feed firefighters battling two of the largest wildfires in Colorado history – the Cameron Peak Fire and the East Troublesome Fire.

The historic Estes Park hotel, famous for inspiring Stephen King's “The Shining”, housed hundreds of firefighters while they battled blazes that were scorching a combined 400,000 acres. 

The video below, shared by Matt Mauro, shows footage of the hotel's front lobby filled with frontline heroes.

“The Fire Marshal Kevin Sullivan called me and said ‘hey can I have a couple of free rooms?’” Stanley Hotel Owner John Cullen told Denver7 in a recent interview. “With every hour that number went up a hundred rooms and we have about 500 in house now and we’re going to feed about 800 tonight.”

The Cameron Peak fire ignited on August 13 on the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests near Cameron Pass and Chambers Lake. The East Troublesome Fire is located south of the Cameron Peak Fire in Grand County and Rocky Mountain National Park. The cause of both of the wildfires remains unknown and is under investigation.

In the aforementioned Denver7 interview, Cullen also praised the "350 to 400 of the bravest soles in Estes" that helped protect the 110-year-old wooden hotel.

Snow helped slow the spread of the fires, pushing containment to 64% for the Cameron Peak Fire at 208,663 Acres and 15% for the East Troublesome Fire at 192,560.

"Snow is finally here!" the Stanley Hotel wrote in a Facebook post on Sunday. The post went on to read "Thank you firefighters #cameronpeakfire #easttroublesomefire we all commend you for standing tall in face of the enormous adversity and saving our community and homes."

About 2,300 firefighters from around the state are still working to contain the two largest blazes as snow continues to drop in some parts of Colorado.

"Thanks to the Stanley Hotel for providing food and shelter to our deployed members!" the Aurora Fire Rescue wrote in a Facebook post on Sunday. "Keep the snow coming! Crew swaps in progress as we hope this snow aids in getting these fires contained."

The Stanley Hotel is located about five miles from the eastern entrance of Rocky Mountain National Park in Estes Park. Here's a look at where it's located on the map.

Editor's Note: Attention hikers! Forest closures remain in place for the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests. Rocky Mountain National Park also remains closed, with no estimated time of reopening. Check road conditions and fire closures before planning any of your travels. 

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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