Forest Fire Closes a Colorado State Park

March 19, 2013 by · Comments Off on Forest Fire Closes a Colorado State Park 

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


RV Park and Campground Briefs

June 29, 2012 by · Comments Off on RV Park and Campground Briefs 


From a news release:

Sun Communities Inc., a real estate investment trust that owns and operates manufactured housing and recreational vehicle communities, today (June 29) announced its board of directors declared a quarterly dividend of 63 cents per share for the second quarter of 2012. The dividend is payable July 20 to shareholders of record July 10. Sun Communities has approximately 26.5 million shares outstanding.

Sun Communities Inc. currently owns and operates a portfolio of 162 communities comprising approximately 55,900 developed sites.


From The Coloradoan, Fort Collins:

The 40 in the Fort endurance mountain bike race set to run July 7 has been postponed to Sept. 15 due to health concerns surrounding the High Park Fire, race directors from Overland Mountain Bike Club announced.

“We’re two weeks away from the race. The fire isn’t going to be out by July 7. Even if the fire is heading west, with the wind changes every day, we’re jeopardizing people’s health and that’s our biggest concern right now,” said Kory Swanson, communications director for the Overland Mountain Bike Club. “We’ve been working with both land agencies (Lory State Park and Larimer County) and they’ve helped manage the fire and are spread a little thin, so we wanted to step back and not interfere with their efforts.”

The race, which made its debut last year, runs through Lory State Park and Horsetooth Mountain Open Space, both of which have opened after temporary closures.


From The Sacramento Bee:

Firefighters have contained a wildfire that burned 690 acres of brush in Ventura County.

The Ventura County Star says the blaze in Los Padres National Forest was fully surrounded Wednesday afternoon.

The blaze started on June 23 about 10 miles southeast of Frazier Park.

It triggered evacuations of campgrounds around an off-road recreation area but no buildings burned.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.


From the Nodaway News Leader:

It’s been approximately six months since the new Mozingo Park manager Grant Evans has taken over and in that time he and his staff have been busy making improvements to the park that makes Mozingo a better tourist attraction for locals looking for a close escape or non-locals looking for something a big city can’t provide.

From RV site expansions to revitalizations to park amenities, the ongoing changes at Mozingo have only helped keep Mozingo on the map as a prestigious escape for families.

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