Friday, October 19, 2012
The Fern Lake Fire has experienced minimal fire behavior of smoldering and creeping for the last few days. With only minimal fire spread likely through week's end, a National Incident Management Organization Team and some firefighting crews are being released. Command of the fire was transferred back to Rocky Mountain National Park's staff Wednesday morning at 7 a.m. Firefighting crews that remain are continuing to manage the Fern Lake Fire with a full suppression strategy. Increasingly gusty winds may increase fire activity. Crews will continue to patrol and monitor the fire, which is 673 acres and 30% contained. Top priorities of park management and fire officials are safety of visitors and firefighters and keeping the fire within park boundaries. An area closure continues to be in effect. Upper Beaver Meadows Road and Moraine Park Campground are closed. Bear Lake Road has reopened, but Fern
Firefighters Remain To Patrol The Fern Lake Fire
Lake Road is still closed. To ensure visitor safety and to protect park resources, 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. Flattop Trail is open, but access is closed to Fern Lake and Bierstadt trails. Hikers may still access Nymph, Emerald and Dream lakes. Snow drifts have temporarily closed Trail Ridge Road at Many Parks
WEEKLY POLICE REPORT
From the Estes Park Police Dept.
The charge(s) are merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. On October 8 at 12:51 a.m. police responded to 404 Stanley Ave. on a report of a disturbance. Upon arrival, police arrested a 35 year old Estes Park male for third degree assault and domestic violence against a 27 year old female victim. The male was transported to Larimer County Detention Center. On October 8 at 7:35 police arrested a 28 year old male from Estes Park at 506 Grand Estates Drive for forgery and theft. He was transported to Larimer County Detention Center. On October 11 at 12:14 p.m. police contacted a suspicious individual at 356 E. Elkhorn Ave. and found the 42 year old Fort Collins male to be wanted on several warrants for failure to appear and failure to comply in Fort Collins. The male was transported to Larimer County Detention Center. On October 11 at 4:44 p.m. police arrested a 36 year old female from Estes Park for theft at 1340 Big Thompson Ave. She was later transported to Larimer County Detention Center. On October 11 at 8:54 p.m. police charged an underage male at 170 Mac- Gregor Ave. with possession and consumption of alcohol. He was later released to a sober party. On October 13 police were called to 2086 Upland Circle at 9:42 p.m. on a report of a disturbance. On scene, a 64 year old Estes Park male and a 67 year old Estes Park male were charged with disorderly conduct and later released on summons. On October 15 at 1:37 a.m. police stopped a 22 year old male driver from Estes Park at 740 Moraine Avenue for speeding. The male was found to be driving under the influence of alcohol and took a blood test to determine BRAC. He was charged with DUI, DUI per se and speeding and later released to a sober adult. Curve on the east side and Colorado River Trailhead on the west side. Violation of any closure notice will result in citation and fine up to $500. While crews continue their efforts, investigators are trying to determine how and where this fire ignited. If you were in the vicinity of the Cub Lake Trail and/or the Fern Lake Trail any time before 2 p.m. October 9, the day the fire was first reported, you may have pertinent information. If you saw anything unusual or noteworthy, investigators Courtesy photos would like to talk with you. You can contact the National Park Service to share your information at 970-586-1399. 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.
Fern Lake Fire Investigators Look For Help From Community
Fire investigators looking into the cause of the Fern Lake Fire are asking for help from the community. Investigators believe those who visited the park on October 9 may have information that can help determine both how and where the fire started. If you were in the vicinity of the Cub Lake Trail and/or the Fern Lake Trail any time before 2 p.m. on Tuesday, October 9 you may have pertinent information. If you saw anything unusual or noteworthy, investigators would like to talk with you. You can contact the National Park Service to share your information at 970-586-1399. The Fern Lake Fire started on October 9 and was first reported at 2 p.m. It is currently at 673 acres and 5 percent contained. With a slight warming and drying trend in the forecast, minimal fire spread is expected over the next few days. Firefighters continue to monitor and patrol the fire area.