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Moraine Park Campground Reopens

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Date: October 19, 2012
Contact: Julie Johndreau, 970-586-1363

Estes Park, CO - Moraine Park Campground has reopened in time for the weekend. The Fern Lake Fire forced an evacuation of the area on October 9. Park managers put a temporary closure in place to protect the safety of all park visitors. A reduced area closure is still in effect. This closure will be in effect for the duration of the Fern Lake Fire.

Please obey all closure notices. Violating the terms of these fire restrictions is subject to criminal prosecution.

  • Cub Lake Trail, Fern Lake Trail, and Fern Lake access road (beyond the winter parking) are closed.
  • The Ute Trail is closed from Upper Beaver Meadows.
  • Lower Odessa Gorge is closed to all use. You will not be able to hike beyond Odessa Lake.
  • Other trails leading into the fire area are closed and are posted.

The Fern Lake Fire is 630 acres and 30% contained. The fire continues to be managed with a full suppression strategy. Firefighters are monitoring and patrolling the fire. Contingency fire lines are in place. 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 type of indirect attack strategy is being used.

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.

 --NPS-

Did You Know?

a photo of a lady playing golf in Moraine Park,a photo of a lady playing golf in Moraine Park

Moraine Park was once a booming settlement. As the rustic cabins grew into lodges, the inn keepers built more facilities to serve guests. Stead's Resort had both a swimming pool and a golf course.