Colorado Tourism Office Announces Tourism-Related Fire Updates on Colorado.com

Denver, Colo. (June 27, 2012) – As crews continue to work to contain fires that have begun at the beginning of an unusually hot and dry summer season in Colorado, The Colorado Tourism Office has announced an online travel resource for tourism-related fire updates at www.colorado.com/articles/colorado-wildfire-updates-travelers. The webpage will provide regular updates on tourism-related attractions and destinations in close proximity to the fires.

“We do not know to what extent our summer tourism season will be impacted by the fires, but we want to create the best vacation experience possible for those planning trips to Colorado,” said Al White, director of the Colorado Tourism Office. “The destinations that are being affected by the fires are doing an excellent job of managing the visitor experience by providing updates and alternative options when needed, and we are supporting them in these efforts with a state-wide resource for tourism-related fire updates.”

The state of Colorado is using every available resource to contain the fires. The state is also working hard to battle the misconception that the fires are dramatically affecting the overall visitor experience. In fact, most of the state’s destinations and attractions are open for business.

Colorado’s two main airports, Denver International Airport and Colorado Springs Airport, have not experienced any flight cancellations or issues impacting visibility or airport operations. Very few lodging properties and campgrounds are being impacted.

Colorado is home to 23 million acres of public lands, including 10 national parks and monuments, 41 state parks and 334 state wildlife areas. The active fires represent less than 1 percent of the state’s public lands.

In addition to www.colorado.com/articles/colorado-wildfire-updates-travelers, up-to-date information on location and status of the fires can also be obtained via the Colorado Division of Emergency Management at www.coemergency.com or on Twitter at @COEmergency. Updates on Colorado wildfires are also available at www.inciweb.org/state/6/. For ways to help those affected by the wildfires in Colorado, visit www.HelpColoradoNow.org

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