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Wildfire Buring Near Estes Park In Rocky Mountain National Park (Fern Lake Fire)

Estes Park Smoke
Screenshot from 9News viewer video, Facebook

A new wildfire is spewing smoke in Rocky Mountain National Park, near Estes Park, Colorado. According to the Coloradoan, air support was called to help contain the fire this afternoon.

At 6pm, Rocky Mountain National Park tweeted that the fire has grown to over 300 acres and is heading north toward the Ute trail.

The Larimer County Emergency Information website is calling this the “Fern Lake Fire”.

To make matters worse for firefighters, the fire is located in an area that is not accessible by vehicles, but this also means no structures are at risk right now.

Rocky Mountain National Park posted this on their Facebook and Twitter accounts:

Smoke up the Fern Lake Trail. Fire fighters on their way to investigate. For now, Fern Lake Road and Moraine Park Campground are being evacuated. Bear Lake Road remains open.


A wildfire was reported this afternoon 3-1/2 miles east of the Moraine Park area of Rocky Mountain National Park. Fern Lake Trail, Moraine Park Campground, and all trails in the vicinity are currently being evacuated by Park Rangers.

Moraine Park Fire
CoFireMaps, Google Maps

***5:18PM UPDATE***

From Larimer County Emergency Information website:

Rocky Mtn. National Park’s information line is the best bet for information on this for the forseeble future and you may contact them at 970-586-1206. The Town of Estes Park also has an information line you may access at 970-577-3716 but that line may only be a repeat of the RMNP information. For the time being, please consult RMNP for updates.

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