ESTES PARK, Colo. (CBS4)- A small fire was burning in Rocky Mountain National Park on Wednesday afternoon.
The fire was located on Beaver Mountain which is on the east side of the park near Upper Beaver Meadows Road.
An overflight estimated the fire to be one-half acre in a heavily timbered drainage bottom.
The fire is currently on the ground and no trees have been torched.
It is estimated to be a two hour hike to the location of the fire and a park ground crew was 45 minutes from the area. A Type 3 helicopter is on scene and was prepared to conduct bucket drops from the Lake Estes in Estes Park.
With more than five inches of rain in the last two weeks extreme fire behavior is not expected but crews prepared to stay with the fire until it was contained.
The cause is unknown. The only closure associated with the fire is that the Ute Trail is closed from Trail Ridge Road to Upper Beaver Meadows Road.
Upper Beaver Meadows Road was temporarily closed due to helicopter operations.
All other areas of Rocky Mountain National Park are open and not impacted by the fire.