Morning sun breaks through the clouds to highlight last night’s bounty — several inches of beautiful, white, wet snow. The forecast is for 4-6 inches more tonight. After a desperately dry summer and an ongoing fire season that Coloradans will never forget, snow on the plains is a welcome sight.
This will be a big assist to the firefighters still battling the Fern Lake Fire in Rocky Mountain National Park. Formerly about 700 acres with 30% containment, the fire broke out to the west this week and now stands at 1,030 acres with only 17% containment. With the steep, heavily wooded terrain virtually inaccessible to ground personnel (note map contours), the intention is just to contain the fire until winter snows finally extinguish it.
(Photo is a screenshot from a webcam in Louisville, Colo., midway between Denver and Boulder.)