Fern Lake Fire 5 percent contained

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Fern Lake Fire in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colo. Image courtesy: Russell Coward. Oct, 9, 2012

Fern Lake Fire in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colo. Image courtesy: Russell Coward. Oct, 9, 2012

ESTES PARK, Colo. – Rain and snow that moved into Colorado Saturday helped firefighters in their effort to contain a wildfire burning in Rocky Mountain National Park.

The Fern Lake Fire, which is located west of Fern Lake Trailhead, has grown to 673 acres and is now five percent contained, according to the National Park Service.

The fire was first reported at 2 p.m. on Oct. 9, and is burning in steep, rugged terrain. There are also beetle-kill trees in the area which are preventing firefighters from directly attacking the flames from the ground.

There was decreased fire activity due to wet weather that moved in over the weekend, which allowed some to be released from their work against fighting the fire on Sunday.

Firefighters who remain at the fire will continue to monitor its status. Contingency lines have been established on the north and east sides of the fire using hiking trails and rocky ridges if needed.

Fern Lake Road, Upper Beaver Meadows Road and Moraine Park Campground have been closed as a result of the fire. Park trails accessed from Bear Lake Road and Highway 66 are closed.

Fire investigators are looking into the cause of the fire, and are asking the community for help in determining how and where the fire started. They are asking anyone who was in the vicinity of the Cub Lake Trail or the Fern Lake Trail before 2 p.m. on Oct. 9, and may have  information about the fire to call the National Park Service at (970)-586-1399.