Fern Lake Fire more than doubles in size over the weekend

Smoke from the Fern Lake fireThe Fern Lake Fire, which began Oct. 9 outside of Estes park, grew to more than 3,500 acres during the weekend, with high winds Friday night resulting in a 3 mile spread of the fire in just 35 minutes.

According to inciweb.org, the fire is 20 percent contained and within the boundaries of Rocky Mountain National Park.

Current evacuation notices include the Highway 66 corridor and all adjacent streets, with pre-evacuation notices including Moraine Avenue, Rock Ridge Road south to Highway 7, Fish Creek Road, the east and west sides of Mary’s Lake Road and High Drive.

Forecasts for Sunday night into Monday morning call for winds to remain consistent between 10 to 20 mph with gusts between 60 to 70 mph. Growth potential for the fire remains high.

The east side of Rocky Mountain National Park, which includes the Beaver Meadows and Fall River entrances, remains closed.

For more information, visit the Fern Lake Fire Inciweb page.