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Hay barn catches fire at stables in Rocky Mountain National Park

Fire crews were responding to a fire at Glacier Creek Stables Saturday, according to a park spokesperson.

ESTES PARK, Colo. — Crews responded to a fire Saturday afternoon at a horse-riding facility inside Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP).

The fire was reported about 3 p.m. at Glacier Creek Stables, near Bear Lake Road, an RMNP spokesperson said.

Park rangers and crews from multiple firefighting agencies arrived to find a large two-story metal hay barn burning, according to a release from RMNP. While some battled the fire inside the barn, the release said, park wildland fire crews laid hose downwind to help prevent embers from starting a wildland fire. 

The release said the metal building kept the fire contained. As the hay and the building continued to burn, according to the release, excavators pulled the building down to help put the fire out. Crews were actively turning over debris and dousing flames, the release said.

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Bear Lake Road was closed due to emergency vehicle traffic. It has since reopened, but the road into Sprague Lake is still closed.

No one was injured and no horses were harmed, according to RMNP. The cause of the fire is under investigation. 

Glacier Creek Stables call themselves the only stables inside Rocky Mountain National Park. Their website says their season runs through Sept. 18.

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