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Colorado: Fern Lake Fire flares up; 583 homes in Estes Park area evacuated

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The Fern Lake Fire, in Rocky Mountain National Park, burns through tree tops in this Nov. 27 photo by Dennis Geving.

Lake Dillon firefighters respond to call for assistance

By Summit Voice

FRISCO — Colorado’s continued snow drought manifested Friday night in Rocky Mountain National Park, where the Fern Lake Fire flared up in an area that’s usually covered with snow this time of year.

Winds of up to 75 mph pushed the fire to the southwest, where a spot fire ignited in the horseshoe of unburned fuel west of the confluence of Spruce and Forest canyons.

The flare-up resulted in new evacuation orders along Highway 66 and all adjacent streets, including the YMCA, High Drive and all adjacent streets, Marys Lake Road up to Moraine Ave. to Marys Lake on the west side. More than 1, 100 contacts made through this original reverse notification. Continue reading

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Colorado: Fern Lake Fire uncontained at 660 acres but incoming weather could help firefighters gain upper hand

Smoke from the Fern Lake Fire as seen from Moraine Park campground. Photo courtesy Ann Schonlau/NPS.

Some park roads and trails remain closed

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — Firefighters battling the uncontained 660-acre Fern Lake Fire in Rocky Mountain National Park should get a little help from the weather, with some significant moisture forecast to move through the area Friday night.

The fire is burning west of the Fern Lake Trailhead on the east side of Rocky Mountain National Park. A national fire management team took over command at the fire Friday, as park officials announced a full suppression strategy for fighting the fire. Continue reading

Wildfire burning in Rocky Mountain National Park

Several roads and trails closed

The 300-acre Fern Lake Fire is burning west of Estes Park, Colorado.

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — National Park Service officials say a a 300 acre fire burning about two miles west of the Fern Lake Trailhead in Rocky Mountain National Park has spurred the closure of several roads and trails, including Bear Lake Road, Moraine Park Campground, all trails west of Bear Lake Road and south of Trail Ridge Road, and Upper Beaver Meadows Road.

According to the Larimer County emergency services website, the fire is burning about .25 to .5 miles west of  “The Pool,” about 1.5 miles east of Fern Lake  Smoke is easily from the town of Estes Park. Movement  is toward the east and north due to gusty winds. This is well away from any structures but there is some concern for the area in the vicinity of the Moraine Park Campground should the fire move east. The cause is under investigation.

Rocky Mountain National Park and Estes Fire personnel and equipment are standing by and Larimer County Emergency Services unit also responded to the fire Tuesday afternoon.

A single engine air tanker has been ordered to the scene, and Larimer County officials said it’s not known what other air attack resources have been ordered.

For more information, call the Rocky Mountain National Park information line at 970-586-1206

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