Estes Park - Firefighters were assisted by some light rain and snow on Saturday, though the it was not enough to extinguish the smoldering Fern Lake Fire.
According to Rocky Mountain National Park officials, the fire, located west of Fern Lake Trailhead, is now five percent contained. Firefighters have established contingency firelines on the north and east sides using hiking trails and rocky ridges.
The extended weather forecast is for a warming and drying trend. As it warms up, fire activity within the fire perimeter could increase resulting visible smoke. Firefighters will continue to patrol and scout the perimeter and work towards containment.
Nine fire engines, 144 personnel and one light helicopter are assigned to the Fern Lake Fire. Because of decreased fire behavior, some of the resources will be released to their home districts on Sunday.
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