With the fire danger expected to be extreme in the State of Colorado, Rocky Mountain National Park officials are updating its fire management plan. The park is also requesting input from the public on this plan.
The plan incorporates everything from how fire could adversely affect surrounding communities to how to even combat a blaze. The current plan does not let park staff change their firefighting plan, which limits how they can adapt to fires in the park. This is especially troublesome considering the amount of bark beetle damage in the park.
The new plan would let officials adjust the plan based on where it is hitting the park, including in areas extremely affected by the bark beetle. It would also help them fight fires near people’s homes and businesses.
The National Park Service is accepting public comments until May 27ths, 2011.