Flames have left their mark on nearly 30,000 acres of the park.
The East Troublesome Fire and Cameron Peak Fire burned a combined total of 400,000 acres across the Colorado Rocky Mountains this fall. Nearly 30,000 of those acres were within Rocky Mountain National Park.
Hundreds of firefighters and experts came together and tirelessly fought the fires. While lives and homes were lost, the community is thankful that the fires didn't destroy more than they did.
Watch a video surmising the impact the fires have had on Rocky Mountain National Park. Video developers have captioned still photos as well as ground-level and aerial video:
It's Not Over Yet
Crews and personnel are continuing to battle both fires. East Troublesome Fire is at 60 percent containment, and Cameron Peak Fire is at 92 percent contained, as of November 18. Recent colder temperatures and winter snow have helped push pause on the growth of the fires, and officials have gained much-needed ground at full containment.
Colorado has experienced fires in the past, and it will rebound. In fact, Coloradans are already working together, in community, to not only survive the devastation but also come out the other side stronger. Much stronger.
While it will take decades to fully recover environmentally, the spring growth of 2021 is expected to thrive.
"For thousands of years, fire has been a natural and necessary part of the Rocky Mountain ecosystem. Most forests here depend on fire, burning down, growing, burning, and growing again. Every time a fire comes through, the land is ready for new life to emerge. With more open space, nutrient-rich soil, and sunlight, plants quicky reappear after a fire. The rejuvenating effect of fire help keep Rocky's forests healthy and increase biodiversity, meaning a wide variety of plant and animal species can thrive."
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