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By Kevin Heckeler
From Upstate New York
Jul 8, 2013
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I'll be heading out to CO for the first time in September. Hopefully wildfires will be a non-issue, but if recent history of the past few years is any indication, I should probably prepare ahead.

Have the fires in the past few years closed off any of the classic areas around Boulder and Eldo?

The week and days before I leave I'll obviously be looking for specifics on what fires are happening where. Are there good websites for this information? We rarely have fires here in the East, and I've only had fires impact one of my two Yosemite trips. It seems this could be a big deal and worth at least thinking about ahead of time (?).


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By Eli Helmuth
From Estes Park, CO
Jul 9, 2013
Eli on the FA of Grizzly (M9) at the Den.

Here's the website link for all forest fires in the U.S. Inciweb
No issues this year in the Boulder area with fires and minimal if any last year. Much nicer temp.'s in Estes Park and more rock if you're looking for other options?


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By jmeizis
From Colorado Springs, CO
Jul 9, 2013
The Beginning of Mr. Clean (5.8) at the Barkeater Cliffs in Adirondack Park NY.

Most of the fire problems tend to be in the early summer. If I remember correctly most of the fires were out or "under control" by that time of year. I imagine part of the reason for that is because July is the "monsoon season" (that term is a bit of a misnomer).

There was only one relatively small fire in Boulder last year and the only area that was closed was Shadow Canyon. It's open again. A frequently updated page is Colorado Wildfire Information

I know that location and size of fires can affect other areas when the winds shift. For example the West Fork Complex fire has made for some hazy days in Colorado Springs. That area is over 4 hours away. It has not been a problem in the past several weeks despite the fire still being huge and out of control. So fires in distant areas can affect the air quality in other parts of the state depending on their location and which way the winds blow.

That said I don't think since I've lived here have any major parts of the Boulder areas been closed for fire. I wouldn't worry about it. Maybe see where they are still burning when you come out but I highly doubt you'll need to alter your plans. Depending on when in September the weather will likely be nice all over CO. Especially when compared to the East.


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By Thomas Beck
From Las Vegas, Nevada
Jul 9, 2013
beck on limestone

If a hot fire hits the wall it exfoliates the surface of the rock to the point you may find it unstable to climb on. I've personally seen this at Elephant Rock in the Needles, CA and on some limestone at Mt. Charleston, NV.


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By Kevin Heckeler
From Upstate New York
Jul 10, 2013
Rumney

Thanks for the responses. I'll sleep easier now. ;-)


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