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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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