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Big Meadows Fire having Little Effect on Grand Lake

Although a few trails have been closed in RMNP as a precaution, Trail Ridge Road, RMNP and Grand Lake are open for business in spite of the Big Meadows Fire.  The air has remained relatively clear here, as the wind generally blows in the opposite direction to us from the fire.  Infrared scanning by helicopter revealed this morning, that the fire is roughly half the size originally estimated. It consists of isolated hot spots with the occassional flare up and is being controlled by ground crews.  Only a small portion of the 265,000 acre park has seen the effects.