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Still Active Fern Lake Fire Pushes Smoke To The Front Range

Jim Hill

Smoke is once again billowing across the northern Front Range as the Fern Lake Fire burning in Rocky Mountain National Park intensifies.

The fire is 30 percent contained however, strong winds have increased its size to 792 acres. While no structures are threatened, park spokeswoman Julie Johndreau says the fire will continue to be very active.

“It’s growing to the west going up a very steep rugged mountainous canyon and that’s where the smoke is coming from.”

The park posted a photo on Monday afternoon taken from Moraine Park of smoke kicked up from the fire Saturday by the winds. Moraine Park is open, but there are other closures in effect due to the fire [.pdf].

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The photo is what could be seen at 4:13 PM 10/20/12 from Moraine Park.

Johndreau says plumes of smoke will most likely be visible until a decent snowfall suppresses the fire. Very windy conditions are forecast in the park this week. But those winds also bring a chance for snow Wednesday.

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