Rocky Mountain National Park fire among several burning in Colorado
Ryan Summerlin October 9, 2012
High wind and low humidity are feeding fires in remote areas of Colorado this week, including a blaze of 300 acres in Rocky Mountain National Park Tuesday about 8 miles west of Estes Park.
The Larimer County Sheriff’s Department said the fire is burning less than a half mile from the area known locally as “The Pool,” about 2 miles west of the Fern Lake Trailhead in Moraine Park.
“Movement is toward the east and north due to gusty winds,” the Sheriff’s Department stated. “This is well away from any structures, but there is some concern for the area in the vicinity of the Moraine Park Campground should we continue to see this fire move east.”
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Fern Lake Road and Moraine Stables are closed in the area, and homes and recreationalists in the area have been evacuated as a precaution.
The blaze is located about 2 miles from the nearest road, and air support has been requested to join the fight, according to the Sheriff’s Department.
Rocky Mountain National Park spokesman Larry Frederick said winds had been gusty all day, but had tapered off as of about 5 p.m. A cool night with high humidity was expected, which would help control the blaze, but sunny skies and breezy conditions are expected to return to the area Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.
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