Air Tanker at the San Bernardino Air Tanker Base in October 2009
Credit 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.
Estes Park & Left Hand fire departments haul water for helitanker operations
Credit 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.
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.