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Fern Lake Fire Smoke Visible From Fort Collins And Loveland

Estes Park Fire
View of the smoke from CR-74 (Harmony Rd.), Beano TSM

If you’ve looked at the mountains at all today, or over the weekend you can see a lot of smoke coming from an area near Estes Park. All of that smoke is from the Fern Lake Fire, which has been burning in Rocky Mountain National Park since October 9th.

According to the Coloradoan, the fire has been spreading due to strong winds and warm, dry weather. It has burned nearly 800 acres so far.

Firefighters aren’t attacking the blaze because it’s in steep, rugged terrain where there are many beetle-killed trees. However, fire managers say they will take quick action to prevent the fire from spreading beyond the park, if necessary. The fire is expected to keep putting out smoke until heavy snow puts it out.

You can get 3D images of the fire here from Colorado Fire Maps.

According to InciWeb, the fire is 30% contained and investigators are still looking into the cause of the fire.

Fern Lake Fire Investigators Look for Help from the Community Estes Park, CO – Fire investigators looking into the cause of the Fern Lake Fire are asking for help from the community. Investigators believe those who visited the park on October 9 may have information that can help determine both how and where the fire started. If you were in the vicinity of the Cub Lake Trail and/or the Fern Lake Trail any time before 2 p.m. on Tuesday, October 9 you may have pertinent information. If you saw anything unusual or noteworthy, investigators would like to talk with you. You can contact the National Park Service to share your information at 970-586-1399.

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