Rocky Mountain National Park officials have released further information about a wildfire that was reported around 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 9, approximately 2 miles west of Fern Lake Trailhead on the east side of Rocky Mountain National Park. Following are excerpts:
The fire is west of Moraine Park, which is bisected by the
Bear Lake Road. As of 5 p.m. the fire was reported to be 300 acres and
burning to the north in steep, forested terrain. The fire is burning
up-slope toward alpine tundra. There are no structures threatened.
Park personnel are on scene and additional fire personnel and air support
have arrived. Due to steep, inaccessible terrain, crews will not be put on
the fire line tonight. Fire personnel will remain at the fire and will
monitor activity throughout the night. Fire crews and engines are on order
and one crew is expected to arrive after dark on Oct. 9.
Currently, Bear Lake Road, Upper Beaver Meadows Road and Moraine Park
Campground are closed. The campground was evacuated along with backcountry campsites and trails in the area of the fire. Trail Ridge Road, highway 34, remains open.
Trails west of Bear Lake Road and south of Trail Ridge Road are closed.
There have been no evacuations of residents in the Estes Park area, though
heavy smoke drifting over town has caused considerable concern. A fire
information number has been set up with a recorded message and will be
updated as conditions change. The number is 970-586-1381
An air tanker (SEAT) and heavy helitanker have arrived but due to cloudy
and turbulent conditions they are unable to fly.
Note: while the fire was very active this afternoon, it is expected that
fire activity will decrease as night approaches and unless conditions
change, this will be the only update this evening.
This story will be updated on Wednesday, Oct. 10.