Old Fall River Road will be closed in 2014 due to flood damage
Damages on Old Fall River Road are extensive and the road will remain closed to vehicles through 2014. It is unknown at this time whether hikers and bicyclists will be allowed on the road. More »
Impacts from September 2013 Flood
Due to recent flooding, there are still some closures in the park that could affect your visit. More »
Infrared Flight Maps Heat and Perimeter of Fern Lake Fire
Contact: Julie Johndreau, 970-586-1206
Firefighters continue to monitor and patrol the Fern Lake Fire. The past few days of strong, gusty winds have caused a slight increase in fire behavior. Recent light precipitation and colder temperatures have helped moderate the drying effects of the wind. Puffs of smoke were more noticeable and the fire will continue to put up smoke until a heavy snow extinguishes it.
Last night, a late night infrared flight mapped the fire at 630 acres. The fire perimeter was last mapped on October 11, and the slight decrease in acreage is attributed to better mapping. Firefighters will use the data from the flight to inform their continue plan of attack on the fire. The fire continues to be managed with a full suppression strategy. The highest intensity of heat was recorded on the west side of the fire, leading into Forest Canyon.
Firefighters are closely watching fire behavior and weather. There is a contingency fire line in place so that fire managers are prepared to take quick action to ensure firefighter and visitor safety and to keep the fire within park boundaries. If necessary, firefighters can conduct a burn-out operation between the contingency line in Upper Beaver Meadows and the active fire. The fire is burning in steep, rugged terrain with beetle killed trees. It is too dangerous for firefighters to conduct a direct attack, so this indirect attack strategy is being used.
An area closure is still in effect for the safety of visitors and firefighters. Violation of any closure notice will result in citation and fine up to $500. Moraine Park Campground will reopen at noon on Friday. Trail closures will be reassessed for the weekend. Currently, all trails and areas accessed from north and west (right side) of Bear Lake Road remain closed, including the Cub Lake Trail, Fern Lake Trail, Hollowell Park Trail, Bierstadt Trail, Bear Lake to Fern Lake Trail, and all trails south of Trail Ridge Road, including Ute Trail.
Additional information about this fire can be found at www.inciweb.org, or by calling (970) 586-1381. New information will be released as it becomes available.
Did You Know?
The coldest temperature inside the Alpine Visitor Center during the winter is rarely below 20 degrees. The snow insulates the building when it is closed for the winter.