The National Park Service has sent out an update on the Fern Lake Fire:
- The wildfire has grown to 660 acres according to fire officials, and remains uncontained as of noon today.
- Changes in the fire's behavior today have been minimal.
- More than 90 personnel, seven fire engines, and two heavy helitankers are focusing today on containing the fire inside 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.
- All park trails accessed from Bear Lake Road and Highway 66 have been closed, as are trails south of Trail Ridge Road (including the Ute Trail).
- Trail Ridge Road remains open.
- No open fires or smoking are permitted in the park.
- A cold front is expected to pass through the area of the fire today, and there is a chance of precipitation on Friday, October 12.
Information about the fire will be updated at inciweb.org/incident/3294, and on the park's website at www.nps.gov/romo and by dialing 970-586-1391.
Many folks who love Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park are watching the news about the Fern Lake Fire with concern. Perhaps you are planning a trip to Estes Park and want to know how the fire is affecting the area. Hopefully, this can help answer some of your questions.
First of all, the town of Estes Park is not affected by the wildfire in RMNP. The wildfire is approximately 8 miles SW of Estes Park and not in the immediate Estes Park vicinity. Estes Park is not in the current projected path of the fire, which is heading north. The fire is approaching 400 acres, and surrounded by steep terrain with limited ground access. No structures are currently threatened. Air support crews are working to contain the it.
Throughout Estes Park, hotels, attractions, shops, and restaurants are welcoming visitors and providing an enjoyable vacation experience. There continue to be ample opportunities for outdoor recreation and family-friendly events.
The Estes Park Fire Department is assuring people that the air quality is safe for all outdoor activities (including hiking, wildlife viewing, biking, and fishing) and events.
For the most up to date information on the Fern Lake Fire, please visit: http://www.nps.gov/romo . If you are on twitter, you can follow @RMNPOfficial, http://twitter.com/RMNPOfficial . You can also call the public information line at: 970-586-1381.