More crews arrive as Fern Lake Fire grows to 1,488 acres

8:00 PM, Nov 30, 2012   |    comments
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More than 60 people are fighting the 1,488-acre wildfire which is only 40 percent contained. The blaze broke out on Oct. 9.

Fire crews have been very effective with recent suppression tactics. Containment line along a 1/2 mile stretch from Big Thompson to Spruce Creek has been completed, keeping the fire from spreading south or east. They also scouted a potential fireline further to the west, utilizing natural breaks to minimize fireline construction.

Estes Park and Left Hand fire departments are hauling water to the 5,000-gallon portable tanks set up in Upper Beaver Meadows for the helitanker to draw water from. The total number of personnel assigned to the fire is 62.

The Fern Lake Fire is being managed under a full-suppression strategy. Due to steep terrain, hazard trees and heavy fuel loading, fire managers opted to attack the fire on their terms, when the risk is more acceptable. Fire crews are accessing the fire from the Fern Lake Trail and avoiding areas that have an abundance of hazard trees. Their objective is to keep the fire on the north side of the Spruce Creek drainage and to suppress any spot fires that ignite to the south or east of the active fire area.

A campfire and smoking ban is in effect in the backcountry, east of the Continental Divide.

(KUSA-TV © 2012 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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