Hanging Lake, one of the most precious gems of Colorado’s natural beauty, shown here in a 2019 file photo, has been affected by the Grizzly Creek fire. Authorities do not yet know the condition of the popular tourist attraction in Glenwood Canyon. (Photo by RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post)

Aside from the smoke hanging in the air over the Front Range from three wildfires, there’s another reason for Coloradans to hold their collective breath: The Grizzly Creek fire in Glenwood Canyon has moved through the Hanging Lake area, one of the prized jewels of our state’s natural treasures.

The fire, which started a few miles west of Hanging Lake on Monday, more than doubled in size on Thursday to more than 13,400 acres and is 0% contained. Authorities don’t know the extent to which Hanging Lake itself has been affected.

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“We don’t know the extent to which it went through the Hanging Lake area, but it definitely burned past it,” said David Boyd, public affairs officer for the White River National Forest. “We are not able to get firefighters on the ground over the trail, due to fire activity. We are waiting for smoke to clear for a flight.”

Weather conditions in the area remain hot and dry with gusty winds.

“As soon as we have more information,” Boyd said, “we will share it.”

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