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Fire burns in eastern Rocky Mountain National Park

Fern Lake Fire, Rocky Mountain National Park
Smoke from the Fern Lake Fire in Rocky Mountain National Park blocks the sun. (Photo: VIP Hahn)

(Update October 12: The fire has grown to 660 acres with zero containment. Possible mountain snow forecast for tonight and tomorrow.)

A fire broke out yesterday in Rocky Mountain National Park, near the trailheads for the Cub Lake and Fern Lake trails. At last report the fire had burned approximately 300 acres, with no containment in the steep, heavily forested area. Campers and hikers in the area, including campers at the Moraine Park Campground, were ordered out and trails in the area were closed. Bear Lake and Upper Beaver Meadows roads are closed.

Smoke from the fire is reportedly heavy in Estes Park, just a few miles east of the fire. While no threat to the town has been reported, the fire is in the popular, heavily traveled eastern section of the park. This part of the park experiences a large number of visitors this time of year and their access will be restricted while the fire is in progress. Trail Ridge Road remains open at this time. Old Fall River Road has been closed for the season.


The Park Service has posted a few more photos on Picasa.
See InciWeb, the Incident Information System, for the latest updates and information.

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