Colo crew ready to mop up after national park fire

ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK — Fire crews are expected to start mop-up operations on a wildfire that burned 40 acres on the west side of Rocky Mountain National Park and briefly forced the closure of Trail Ridge Road.

At last report Sunday, officials said they were close to containing the fire, which was first reported Saturday.

Park officials say the fire didn’t threaten any structures or campgrounds, but people camping 5 miles north of the blaze decided to leave.

The cause is under investigation.

Fire officials say a 30-acre grass fire in Fort Collins damaged a garage and threatened eight homes.

The cause of that fire is also under investigation.



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