Royal Gorge Bridge & Park officials say that of its 52 buildings, 48 are now gone.
The park's suspension bridge 955 feet above the Arkansas River is still standing, though the fire damaged some wooden planks. An aerial tram was destroyed.
Park officials vowed to reopen.
The fire is about 50 miles southwest of Black Forest, where a large fire pushed by shifting winds has destroyed at least 360 homes.
A lightning-sparked fire in Rocky Mountain National Park was burning on about 300 acres, less than originally estimated.
Colorado governor sees 2 high-profile departures
DENVER (AP) — Two high-profile departures from the governor's administration have come in agencies that have been accused of serious mistakes in recent months.
The Department of Corrections announced that it had fired the director of its parole division, Tim Hand. The state's parole system came under scrutiny after the slaying of Department of Corrections chief Tom Clements in March. Authorities believe he was killed by a parolee who slipped out of his ankle monitoring bracelet.
Also Thursday, Gov. John Hickenlooper announced the resignation of his chief medical officer. Dr. Chris Urbina resigned less than a week after the release of a state report raising questions about a laboratory under his supervision. A spokesman for the governor declined to say whether Urbina's resignation was related to alleged wrongdoing at the state toxicology lab.
COLORADO PAROLE DIRECTOR
Colorado parole division director Hand dismissed
DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Department of Corrections has dismissed the director of its parole division, weeks after saying he was taking a leave of absence.
Staff members were told Thursday of Tim Hand's firing, effective June 30. The department didn't release reasons, and Hand didn't immediately return a phone message seeking comment.
The state's parole system came under scrutiny after the slaying of Department of Corrections chief Tom Clements in March. The suspect, who died in a shootout in Texas, had slipped out of his ankle monitoring bracelet days earlier.
Steve Hager assumed leadership of the adult parole division, community corrections and the youthful offender system during Hand's leave of absence. He will continue as interim parole division director.
CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER RESIGNS
Colo. chief medical officer resigns
DENVER (AP) — Colorado's chief medical officer is resigning, less than a week after the release of a state report raising questions about a laboratory under his supervision.
Gov. John Hickenlooper announced the resignation Thursday. Dr. Chris Urbina is executive director of Colorado's Department of Public Health and Environment.
A March report from an employee consulting firm said some workers of the lab at CDPHE complained that a supervisor made statements suggesting a bias in favor of prosecutors. The state released the report last week. Urbina said the supervisor was later reassigned.
Defense attorney said the report raised the possibility of thousands of appeals to drunken-driving convictions.
Hickenlooper's spokesman Eric Brown said in an email he didn't "have anything to add to what's in the press release."
PEPPER SPRAY KIDNAPPING
Charges filed against Longmont kidnapping suspect