Estes Park


Tue December 4, 2012

For Now, Conditions Scrap Fern Lake Fire Air Tankers

Air Tanker at the San Bernardino Air Tanker Base in October 2009
John Heil USFS Region 5

Officials say delays and heavy wind kept two heavy air tankers from battling the Fern Lake Fire burning in Rocky Mountain National Park until Tuesday. At least for now, the planes will not be part of the efforts to control the blaze.

Read more


Tue December 4, 2012

Fern Lake Fire 40% Contained; Some Evacuees May Be Allowed Back Home

Estes Park & Left Hand fire departments haul water for helitanker operations
National Park Service

Firefighters battling the Fern Lake Fire are working to keep it within the boundaries of Rocky Mountain National Park. The fire has charred 3,750 acres, or roughly six square miles, and is currently 40 percent contained.

Read more


Sun December 2, 2012

Fern Lake Fire Holds At 3,584 Acres, Red Flag Warning Issued [UPDATED]

Trees burning in Spruce Canyon on Nov. 27

High winds are helping spread the Fern Lake Fire. The fire has charred nearly 2.5 square miles and exploded to over 3,000 acres. With high winds forecast for Sunday afternoon and evening, additional growth may be seen.

Read more


Wed November 28, 2012

Dry Conditions Persist, Increase Fern Lake Fire Activity

Increased fire activity meant more smoke in Spruce Canyon. Taken on November 27
Dennis Geving NPS


Thu October 25, 2012

Snow Helps Tamp Down Fern Lake Fire

Fern Lake Fire Infrared Map
Rocky Mountain National Park