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The Larimer County Sheriff's Office says about half of the evacuated residents those living up to the areas of Dunraven and Aspen Brook, are tentatively scheduled to return home Wednesday morning. Areas past that may be later in the week. All is dependent on weather conditions.

The fire continues to burn within the boundaries of the Rocky Mountain National Park. There are spot fires in the Steep Mountain area. About 250 personnel are helping to fight the fire.

Winds calmed enough, Monday, for firefighters to battle the fire from the air with several different types of helicopters. Firefighters say Sunday night's high winds might have actually helped in the fight, instead of spreading the flames as was feared.

No injuries have been reported in connection with the blaze. One private cabin was lost in Moraine Park.

The Fern Lake Fire started burning on Oct. 9 around 2 p.m. The cause of the fire is under investigation, but authorities suspect it began from an escaped campfire.

FIRE DOUBLES IN SIZE

The Fern Lake Fire doubled in size Saturday, but officials are still "cautiously optimistic" as national crews prepare take part in the operations.

One private cabin was lost in the fire that grew rapidly Friday night and prompted evacuations. No injuries have been reported.

The east side of Rocky Mountain National Park is closed, but the Fall River Visitor Center remains open.

EVACUATION INFORMATION

The sheriff's department says 1,100 emergency notifications were sent to residents Friday night as the fire grew.

Approximately 681 of those contacts were still evacuated along Highway 66 Saturday night.

Authorities have scheduled an evacuee meeting at the Estes Park High School for 10 a.m. Sunday.

The Highway 66 corridor, including all adjacent streets, remains in evacuation. Power is still on in the Highway 66 corridor.

Residents of High Drive and adjacent streets are now on pre-evacuation notice. The residents in this area may return home, presenting identification to law enforcement at the High Drive road block. No others will be allowed in the area.

Residents who were evacuated Saturday from the west side of Marys Lake Road and all adjacent streets are now allowed to return home and are on pre-evacuation notices. Access to the neighborhood is unrestricted.

On Saturday night, expanded pre-evacuation reverse notifications were sent to the Marys Lake Road area to include the area from Moraine Avenue and Rock Ridge Road South to Highway 7 and Fish Creek Road. The pre-evacuation notice includes both the east and west sides of Marys Lake Road.

Evacuees are asked to go to Estes Park High School at 1600 Manford Ave.

The evacuation center will transition from the Estes Park High School to the Mountain View Bible Fellowship at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2. Mountain View Bible Fellowship is located at 1575 South Saint Vrain Avenue (CO Highway 7), at the corner of Peak View Drive.

Large animals may be taken to the Stanley Park Fairgrounds 1209 Manford Ave.

Campers in the Moraine Park campground reported seeing flames in the meadow. They told 9NEWS the fire grew larger just after 2 a.m. Saturday. As of 10 a.m., the fire had not crossed Bear Lake Road.

Fire information officer Traci Weaver told 9NEWS in a live interview it's good news the fire has not crossed Bear Lake Road, and crews are hoping to keep that from happening. The fire remains inside Rocky Mountain National Park.

Wildfires during the colder months in Colorado are less common than they are in the spring and summer, but the unusually dry pattern this year has created dangerous fire conditions, even as we enter December.

The cause of the wildfire, which began Oct. 9, is still under investigation. Weaver says it may have been human-caused from an escaped, illegal campfire.

RESOURCES

Fire updates on InciWeb here: http://inciweb.org/incident/3294/

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