McNay Fire shuts down hunting access on part of Cherokee State Wildlife Area
Colorado Parks and Wildlife
The McNay Fire that started around noon Sunday has forced the emergency closure of the Lone Pine section on the Cherokee State Wildlife Area (SWA), Colorado Parks and Wildlife announced Monday.
The 25,497-acre Cherokee SWA has three parcels - lower, middle and upper - and the Lone Pine area is one unit on the lower section. It is located near West County Road 74E, west of the town of Livermore.
Due to the fire activity, that entire lower unit is being affected. However, as of midday Monday, the Lone Pine section is the only unit closed on the Cherokee SWA.
The closure will have an affect on archery and muzzleloader deer hunters. The only access to the remaining open parcels, including the Roy Brown, on the lower unit is from County Road 80C.
The Larimer County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Services has taken up incident command on combating the fire. It announced midday Monday the fire was at 542 acres with 32 percent containment.
Resources on the fire according to the LCSO included around 130 personnel, 11 aircraft and dozens of vehicles from LCSO, US Forest Service, Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control, Livermore Fire, Glacier View Fire, Redfeather Lakes Fire, Crystal Lakes Fire, Wellington Fire, Loveland Fire Rescue Authority, Poudre Fire Authority, Rocky Mountain National Park, UC Health, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife.