One Year Anniversary Of The Royal Gorge Fire

The Royal Gorge Bridge and Park posted this photo on their Facebook page August 21, showing where the Cliff Terrace restaurant and Colorado Country Gift Shop once stood before the park began demolishing the destroyed structures. (Credit: Royal Gorge Bridge and Park)

Wednesday marks the one year anniversary of the Royal Gorge Fire. which burned about 3,000 acres and damaged much of the Royal Gorge Park.

The fire was first reported in the early afternoon June 11 and rapidly grew in size, fueled by beetle-killed trees. Smoke could be seen as far away as Fairplay, near highways 24 and 9. One hundred and fifty firefighters responded on that day, with more arriving June 12.

The iconic bridge was one of only a few structures still standing after the fire. Numerous attractions at the park, including the carousel, aerial tram and the cable car, were destroyed.

The fire was declared fully contained on the evening of June 16.

In August, Canon City leaders met to talk about rebuilding.

Seven months later, the Royal Gorge Railroad reopened for the 2014 season .

Volunteers have also helped the area recover, reseeding and planting trees in the burn scar.