Jun 18, 2012 1:29 PM by Kirsten Bennett
ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, Colo. (AP) - Rocky Mountain National Park is banning all campfires because of the threat of wildfires in Colorado.
The park normally allows campfires in designated fire rings but the ban enacted Monday will bar those as well as charcoal grilling for the first time since September 2010.
The park is 15 miles south of the large wildfire burning in northern Colorado.
Petroleum-fueled stoves and grills will still be allowed in designated campgrounds and backcountry camping sites.
Before 2010, the last time the park enacted such a ban was the summer of 2002. That was another drought year that saw the largest wildfire in the state's history, the Hayman fire.
Trail Ridge Road had its earliest opening that year, May 7. This year the road had its third earliest opening, May 14.