Rifle Gap, Falls reopen as fire starts to recede
Colorado Highway 325, Rifle Gap State Park and nearby Rifle Falls State Park have reopened to the public as firefighters continue to contain the Ward Gulch Fire.
The 385-acre Rifle Gap Reservoir and the 89 camping and picnicking sites are open to boating and camping, although Colorado Parks and Wildlife reports the swim beach at the west end of the park remains off-limits to the public due to firefighting efforts.
Also open is the Rifle Falls State Fish Hatchery, which had been closed to public visitation since Friday.
According to a statement from the Upper Colorado River Inter-Agency Fire Management Unit, as of Tuesday morning the fire had burned an estimated 485 acres and was 85 percent contained.
Motorists should expect to see firefighters working along Colorado 325, according to the Fire Management Unit.