Around noon today, Rocky Mountain National Park reported a small wildfire that sparked near the National Park on McGraw Ranch Road. The announcement was made via Twitter, though few details were made available during that time.
Small wildfire on McGraw Ranch Road outside park. Resources on scene. Avoid area if possible. — RockyNPS (@RockyNPS) April 18, 2018
News about the fire was updated later that afternoon with several sources announcing that the fire was 100% contained, burning a total of 1.8 acres. The cause is still under investigation by the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office. According to a report by the Coloradan, 25 firefighters were working the scene from multiple departments.
As seen in the image below, McGraw Ranch Road is just north of Estes Park. While this fire didn’t cause much lasting damage, it’s a gut check for locals pending a dry summer soon to come.