9:58am

Mon December 10, 2012
Wildfires

Fern Lake Fire Now 88% Contained; All Evacuations Lifted

Weekend snowfall and colder temperatures this past weekend helped fire crews get a handle on the Fern Lake Fire, which is currently reported at 3,498 acres and 88 percent containment.

Fire managers expect the 4 to 6 inches of snow that fell over the fire area will keep the blaze from spreading further, although it’s likely to continue smoldering for the next few weeks.

Meanwhile all evacuation orders have been lifted. Fire managers and park officials will hold a briefing on current fire conditions, and what residents and visitors can expect in the next few months at a community meeting Monday afternoon at 5 p.m. at the Estes Park Town Hall. [The briefing will be streamed live from the Town of Estes Park's website.]

The fire, which has been burning in Rocky Mountain National Park since Oct. 9, has destroyed one cabin. The cause remains under investigation, though officials believe it was sparked by an escaped campfire.