Rocky Mountain National Park has closed due to the rapidly growing fire.
*This story will be updated as more information is made known.
Updated on October 22 at 2:39 p.m.:
The East Troublesome Fire has ravaged the surrounding Grand County area in Colorado, growing more than 100,000 acres in a mere 24 hours. According to the incident report, the wildfire is only 5% contained and stands at 125,602 acres, as of Thursday at noon—the fire was 19,000 acres on the evening of October 21.
All of #RMNP is closed to visitors due to fire activity on the west side of the Continental Divide. If conditions allow, an Infrared flight is planned to gauge where there is current fire activity. This is a rapidly evolving situation. Currently, air quality is hazardous #RMNP.— RockyNPS (@RockyNPS) October 22, 2020
Rocky Mountain National Park has been closed off and mandatory evacuations have been ordered for the areas to the west of Estes Park—including the Rocky Mountain National Park west entrance, Moraine Park, Estes Park Campground, the southern part of High 7 north to Marys Lake, Peak View Drive, and Deer Ridge—per the Larimer County Sheriff's Office.
"Evacuate the area immediately and as quickly as possible. Do not delay leaving to gather belongings or make efforts to protect your home or business. Evacuating immediately not only supports your safety, but also allows emergency crews better access to the area," says the Sheriff's Office.
Officials have also ordered voluntary evacuations for the north border of North St. Vrain Ave., west border of Curry Drive, south border of Acacia Drive, and east border of Fish Creek Road.
Bumper-to-bumper traffic right now leaving Granby. Meanwhile, smoke continues to move into town as winds pick up. The sheriff’s office is going door-to-door getting people out of their homes. #troublesomefire @KDVR pic.twitter.com/ZmcCEw6mWQ— Aimee Lewis (@aimee_lewisTV) October 22, 2020
Any questions on the evacuations can be directed to the Joint Information Center at 970-980-2500.