DurangoFireIt is too early to determine what impact fires will have on Colorado's $10 billion tourism industry, according to Al White, director of the Colorado Tourism Office.

Although White said that "active fires represent a very small piece of Colorado," several of the fires already have disrupted vacation plans, right at the start of the prime summer season and right before the July 4 holiday.

The Pikes Peak Cog Railway, Cave of the Winds and the Garden of the Gods remained closed Tuesday. Many campgrounds in the area also are closed.

The High Park Fire, west of Fort Collins near Rocky Mountain National Park, has been partially contained although the primary entrance to the park remains closed as do many nearby campgrounds.

Several whitewater river rafting companies near the park have turned over their equipement to firefighters who plan to raft in on the Poudre River to reach some of the more isolated hotspots.

The state posts updated fire information at www.visitcos.com/fireinfo. Also, information is available at the www.coemergency.com or on Twitter @COEmergency.

Follow Gay Nagle Myers on Twitter @gnmtraveleekly.


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