The Cow Creek fire in Rocky Mountain National Park, was contained but not controlled two months ago on July 8. But beginning September 1, smoke was again seen coming from the remote western side of the fire. And on September 6, the same wind that pushed the Fourmile fire through over 3,000 acres in six hours, fanned the Cow fire back to life again. The MODIS satellite detected a significant amount of heat coming from the Cow fire area when it passed over the area Monday afternoon, September 6. The Cow Creek fire is about 4 miles west of Glen Haven, and about 6 miles north of Estes Park.
It is possible that the heat the satellite detected was contained within the perimeter, and it is not necessarily spreading and consuming additional acres. However, there is quite a bit of heat coming from it — for a fire that was put on the back burner, so to speak, two months ago.
Firefighters expected in July when they contained the Cow Creek fire by constructing a fire line around the northeast, east, and south sides of it that the fire would smolder the rest of the summer, and would only be completely extinguished by heavy winter snows. They also realized that there was some potential for the fire to spread to the west in the West Creek drainage.