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Forest Fire Closes a Colorado State Park

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March 19, 2013 by   - () Leave a Comment

A large valley in Lory State Park near Fort Collins, Colo.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is assessing the adverse effects of the Galena Fire on Lory State Park, which is closed until further notice, according to a news release from the Colorado Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

The fire consumed between 800 and 1,000 acres of public land in the park, which is located near Fort Collins. The fire started off park and is still under investigation at this time. No buildings were damaged, but numerous pedestrian bridges were burnt in the fire in the lower valley trail system. Since the fire is still active park personnel have not assessed all potential hazards within the park. Safety of our visitors is our first priority along with providing a sustainable recreational and natural resource environment.

"We appreciate the hard work of the emergency personnel who responded quickly to protect the visitors, neighbors and natural resources within Lory State Park," said Larry Butterfield, Park Manger. "Once all hazards can be assessed we'll have a better idea of how soon Lory will be able to reopen."

Colorado Parks and Wildlife will work with all of the Park's partners, volunteers, and the surrounding community to care for and restore the park.

"We ask for the community to be patient as we work through the rehabilitation," added Butterfield. "We appreciate the public's continued understanding and support."

Media will be allowed to attend a guided tour of the Park once the fire is fully contained. Details will be announced in the coming days.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife manages 42 state parks, more than 300 state wildlife areas, all of Colorado's wildlife, and a variety of outdoor recreation. For more information go to www.cpw.state.co.us.

 

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