Rocky Mountain National Park - Fern Lake Fire Fact Sheet
Incident: Fern Lake Wildfire
Rocky Mountain National Park
Fern Lake Fire Fact Sheet
October 13, 2012, 8:00 p.m. MDT
Information Line: (970) 586-1206
Start: Afternoon of October 9, 2012
Acres: 673 Acres Containment: 5%
Resources Assigned: 144 personnel; 7 fire engines; 1 light helicopter
Summary: The Fern Lake Fire, west of Moraine Park, is being managed with a full suppression strategy. It is burning in steep, rugged terrain that includes beetle-killed trees, prohibiting direct attack by firefighters on the ground. Firefighters prepared indirect fire lines away from the fire perimeter using existing trails as much as possible. They will continue to patrol and monitor fire activity.
Saturday's Fire Activity: Limited fire spread. Smoldering and creeping continue.
Weather: A high pressure system will move in Monday bringing a slight warming and drying trend with light winds out of the West/Northwest. The Fern Lake Fire received some light rain and snow today. This much needed precipitation aided firefighters in their efforts; however it was not enough to extinguish the fire. The fire continues to smolder and creep.
Expected Containment: Unknown. Containment is weather dependent. It will take a "fire season-ending" event of snow accumulation to suppress the fire due to the rough terrain the fire is burning in.
Cause: Under Investigation
Recreation Impacts: Upper Beaver Meadows Road and Moraine Park Campground are closed. Bear Lake Road reopened today but Fern Lake Road is still closed. To ensure visitor safety and to protect park resources, all park trails and areas accessed from north and west (right side) of Bear Lake Road remain closed, including the Cub Lake Trail, The Fern Lake Trail, Hollowell Park Trail, Bierstadt Trail, Bear Lake to Fern Lake Trail, as are trails south of Trail Ridge Road including Ute Trail. Flattop Trail is open, but access is closed to Fern Lake and Bierstadt trails. Hikers may still access Nymph, Emerald and Dream lakes. Due to inclement weather and poor driving conditions, Trail Ridge Road is temporarily closed at Many Parks Curve on the east side and Colorado River Trailhead on the west side.