Fern Lake Fire Now 30% Contained
Contact: Julie Johndreau, 970-586-1363
More than 100 firefighters and crew worked through the weekend to establish containment lines. Their efforts, along with recent precipitation, are leading to progress. The smoldering, 673 acre Fern Lake Fire is now 30% contained.
While crews continue their efforts, investigators are trying to determine how and where this fire ignited. IfyouwereinthevicinityoftheCubLakeTrail and/or theFernLakeTrail anytimebefore2 p.m.October 9, the day the fire was first reported, youmayhave pertinentinformation. Ifyousawanythingunusual or noteworthy,investigators wouldliketotalkwithyou. YoucancontacttheNational Park Servicetoshareyour information at970-586-1399.
The Fern Lake Fire continues to be managed with a full suppression strategy. Top priorities of park management and fire officials include keeping the fire within park boundaries and the safety of visitors and firefighters. In the wake of reduced fire activity and increased fire containment, some firefighting resources and crews were released Sunday. More resources are expected to be released today. Two fire engines, 98 personnel, and one light helicopter are currently assigned to the fire. These crews will continue to patrol and scout the area. Increasingly gusty winds are expected in the coming days, and minimal fire spread is possible.
Violation of any closure notice will result in citation and fine up to $500.
Did You Know?
The Nerd Herd (aka research volunteers) gave more than 4,500 hours to the park in 2009. These citizen scientists help monitor the health of our resources including bears, elk, plants, hummingbirds, glaciers, and butterflies. More...