Colorado Wildfire Report: October 9

Fern Lake Fire
Fire Jurisdiction: Rocky Mountain National Park Land

Location/County: Rocky Mountain National Park - Bear Lake Are in Larimer County Southwest of Estes Park.

Cause: No report at this time

Acres: 300 Acres

Containment: No report at this time.

Evacuations/Closures: Moraine Campground evacuation, YMCA Camp of the Rockies Pre-Evacuation. Road and trail closures include: Bear Lake Road, Upper Beaver Meadows Road and trails in the area of the fire. Trails west of Bear Lake Road and south of Trail Ridge Road are closed.

Fatalities/Injuries: None reported

Structures Lost/Damaged: None at this time and none threatened.

Significant Events: Fire is burning in steep, forest terrain. The fire is burning up slope toward alpine tundra. Due to steep, inaccessible terrain crews will not be put on the fire line tonight. Fire crews will monitor the fire throughout the night.

Resources: Personnel: 1- Type 1 helicopter ordered, RMNP personnel are on scene with additional fire personnel and air support. An air tanker and heavy helitanker have arrived but due to cloudy and turbulent conditions they were unable to fly. No State assistance requested at this time.

Source of Information: Twitter: @RMNPOfficial,, CO DFPC and WebEOC

Highway 13 Fire - Final Report
Fire Jurisdiction: BLM

Location/County: 15 miles north of Rifle, Colorado.

Cause: Human Caused (still under investigation)

Acres: 991 Acres

Containment: 80%

Evacuations/Closures: None at this time.

Fatalities/Injuries: None reported

Structures Lost/Damaged: None at this time and none threatened.

Significant Events: Firefighters continue to monitor and mop up the fire. Smoke will remain visible in the area for several more days.

Resources: Personnel: About 50 local firefighters from the Upper Colorado River Unit continued to secure containment lines around the fire.

Source of Information: Press Release from BLM PIO David Boyd,,, and Twitter: @garco911, @garcopio

Middle Elk Creek Fire - Final Report
Jurisdiction: USFS White River National Forest

Location: Near Hiner Springs - 30 miles by road from New Castle, CO.

Cause: Human Cause, unattended campfire

Acres: 257 Acres

Containment: 30% Contained

Evacuations/Closures: The Buford Newcastle area of the Middle Elk Fire is closed due to numerous snags and scattered beetle kill that make it dangerous for the public. A map is posted on

Fatalities/Injuries: none reported.

Structures Lost/damaged: none reported.

Significant Events: Fire area is closed for safety reasons - all other surrounding areas are open.

No report on staffing numbers.

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About this report: This wildfire update is provided by the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management in partnership with the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control to keep you informed of current wildfires for which the State is currently supporting and monitoring. The update does not cover all wildfires currently burning in Colorado that may be smaller incidents.