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‘We keep calling it a miracle’: Hanging Lake and the trail to the lake intact after wildfire passes by

Drone footage shared by the "Grizzly Creek Fire" on Facebook on 8/24/20.
Drone footage shared by the "Grizzly Creek Fire" on Facebook on 8/24/20.(Grizzly Creek Fire officials)
Published: Aug. 14, 2020 at 4:58 PM MDT|Updated: Aug. 14, 2020 at 6:31 PM MDT
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GLENWOOD CANYON, Colo. (KKTV) - An iconic Colorado lake was in the path of a major wildfire burning in the Glenwood Canyon area.

Officials delivered some good news on Aug. 14, saying that the ‘immediate’ area around Hanging Lake was not impacted by the fire. However, the official added we are “not out of the woods yet.”

On Sunday, another update was posted online stating virtually none of the trail infrastructure was damaged, including all seven bridges, signage, the historic Civilian Conservation Corps shelter, and the boardwalk along the south edge of the lake. A video tour was posted to Facebook on Monday. You can watch it at the bottom of this article.

“We keep calling it a miracle, that not a single ember affected any of that,” said Marcia Gilles, acting district ranger for the Eagle Holy Cross Ranger District. “The lake itself was just as gorgeous and blue as ever, the log, everything, was still intact,”

The message can be read in full by clicking here.

Officials added they don’t know what the long-term impact the fire will have on the lake.

Hanging Lake Trail was closed earlier this month due to the Grizzly Creek Fire.

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