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Wildfires in Colorado

Posted 10:50 am
July 18, 2012

A fire began burning June 26th due to lightning. The Flagstaff Fire is now 100% contained and completely under control.

The great news is that everything feels back to normal - if you hadn't heard that the Flagstaff Fire was burning, you probably wouldn't even know it. Flames and smoke are not visible. Because the lightning struck behind the mountain, burned and charred areas are not visible either. The skies are clear of smoke and there is not a smell of smoke. As far as tourism goes, it feels like a normal day in Boulder.

All hiking trails are open except for a couple remote hiking trails near Bear Peak. Hot air balloons are flying this morning and the Colorado Music Festival and the Colorado Shakespeare Festival are in full swing.

The locations of the other nearest fires are many miles away from Boulder. The High Park Fire in Larimer County, about an hour north of us, is 100% contained. The Waldo Canyon Fire is also 100% contained, located in El Paso about two hours south. These fires are not impacting Boulder's scenery and for only six days in the 5 weeks that the fires were burning was our air and sky impacted. It is dependent on which way the wind blows and typically it does not blow in a direction that would affect Boulder. 

More information about the Flagstaff Fire:
http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2963/#

The scenery at Rocky Mountain National Park is unaffected and the drive between Boulder and the park is beautiful - a quintessential Colorado drive along a scenic byway. 

Live Webcams:
Boulder downtown bike shop
Boulder Creek
Eldora Mountain Resort (20 miles from Boulder)
Estes Park
Rocky Mountain National Park
Ft. Collins
Denver

Traveler information from the Colorado Tourism Office.

Our thoughts are with friends around the state who are affected.