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Estes Park, CO Colorado

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October 9, 2012
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Rocky Mountain National Park fire still not contained

The Fern Lake Fire located west of the Fern Lake Trailhead on the east side of Rocky Mountain National Park that was reported Tuesday, Oct. 9, remained uncontained as of Wednesday morning, Oct. 10.

The fire, which is located west of Moraine Park, is currently estimated to be about 300 acres and is burning in steep, rugged terrain.

No structures are threatened by the fire and about 40 hikers and campers were evacuated from the area with no reports of injuries thus far.

Visitor and staff safety remains the top priority for park and fire officials, according to a prepared statement from Rocky Mountain National Park.

Trail Ridge Road remains open in the park and no evacuations have been ordered for the town of Estes Park. Some smoke is visible from the town.

About 65 personnel and seven fire engines are at work on the fire, with more fire suppression assets expected on site later today. An air tanker and heavy helitanker have arrived and are expected to join the fire suppression efforts today, Oct. 10.

The air tanker and the heavy helitanker arrived on the scene last night but were unable to fly due to cloudy conditions.

Weather conditions call for high temperatures in the mid-50s, with winds out of the west at 10-20 mph with gusts up to 35 mph. Twenty-five percent humidity is predicted today for the area of the fire and no rain is forecasted in the area through the end of the week.

The fire crews today plan to contain the fire within the park boundaries, north of Glacier Creek, west of Hollowell Park and south of Trail Ridge Road.

Currently, Bear Lake Road, Upper Beaver Meadows Road, and Moraine Park Campground are closed. Trails west of Bear Lake Road and south of Trail Ridge Road are also closed.

A fire information number has been set up with a recorded message and will be updated as conditions change. The number for the recorded message is 970-586-1381.


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The Sky-Hi News Updated Oct 10, 2012 01:12PM Published Oct 9, 2012 05:39PM Copyright 2012 The Sky-Hi News. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.