Cub Lake Trail In RMNP Was Lush After The Fern Lake Fire Last Year

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We couldn’t believe how lush the Cub Lake Trail was after the fire last year. It is just amazing. I took this photograph at the end of the summer.

You can see all the new growth of plants and flowers amid the burned trees and bushes. I really thought this photograph showed the contrast between the blazing fire and the lush aftergrowth.

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Cub Lake Trail in RMNP Is Green And Lush After The Fern Lake Fire Last Year

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When the Fern Lake Fire in Rocky Mountain National Park went out of control last December all of the fire experts told us that the vegetation and grasses would come back better than ever in the spring. It was hard to believe at that time. Everything was so very black…the grass, the ground, the trees, everything.

Phil and I took a hike up Cub Lake Trail the other day and we couldn’t believe how green and lush everything was. Yes, the trees are still black and charred but the vegetation and wildflowers are back and stunning!

This photograph is about a mile up the trail looking up to where the fire came roaring through, devastating everything in its path. It is just beautiful now with the long grasses and pretty wildflowers everywhere. I even saw some wildflowers that I had never seen before!

This is a photograph after the Fern Lake Fire on the way to the Cub Lake Trail.

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The Big Meadows Fire In Rocky Mountain National Park Grew To An Estimated 600 Acres With No Containment.

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The Big Meadows Fire grew to an estimated 600 acres with no containment (Thursday AM News).  Winds were not as strong today which resulted in less fire activity and spread.  Firefighters conducted numerous recon flights which will be crucial in planning efforts.  The fire is burning in remote, steep, rugged terrain with extensive hazards and more than 80 percent beetle killed trees.  The plan continues to be to hold the fire east of Trail Ridge Road (Highway 34), west of the Continental Divide, and north of Tonahutu Creek. There are no structures or communities at immediate risk. 

There are 107 firefighters currently on the Big Meadows Fire plus the Type II team who will be taking over command of the fire from the Boise Smokejumper Type III team tomorrow.  Air resources include one Type I helicopter, one Type II helicopter and two Type III helicopters.  Many firefighters will be camping out near the fire tonight to get an early morning start to continue with fire suppression tactics. 

A challenge continues to be filling additional Type I crews. Due to other fires in Colorado, as well as in other states that are impacting communities and homes, resources are being spread across the nation.

Currently, there are seven trails that are temporarily closed in the area – the Onahu Trail, the Green Mountain Trail, the lower Tonahutu Trail, the Tonahutu Spur Trail, the Grand Lake Lodge Spur Trail, the Timber Lake Trail and the trail which branches toward Mount Ida from Milner Pass. All major roads and facilities in Rocky Mountain National Park are open as are our neighboring communities of Grand Lake and Estes Park.

The park has set up a recorded Fire Information Line at (970) 586-1381 which will be updated when new information on the Big Meadows Fire is available.

For more information about Rocky Mountain National Park, please call the park’s Information Office at (970) 586-1206.

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Press Briefing Held At Beaver Meadows Regarding The Big Meadows Fire In Rocky Mountain National Park.

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The Big Meadows Fire remained at 400 acres overnight. Firefighters are planning an indirect attack today due to the high number of beetle killed trees that make moving through the area very difficult and dangerous. The plan is to hold the fire east of Trail Ridge Road (Highway 34), west of the Continental Divide, and north of Tonahutu Creek. There are no structures or communities at risk. 

Winds are expected to be between 8-12 mph with gusts as high as 20 mph today with a slight chance of a thunderstorm after 2:00 p.m. These conditions are a slight improvement over yesterday when the winds gusted to 40 mph.

A Boise Smokejumper Type III team took over managing the fire yesterday and will transition to a Type II team tomorrow. Fire managers have ordered additional air and ground resources including three additional helicopters and five additional Type I crews. Due to other fires in Colorado, as well as in other states, affecting many homes and other structures, resources are being spread across the nation.

Currently, there are seven trails that are temporarily closed in the area – the Onahu Trail, the Green Mountain Trail, the lower Tonahutu Trail, the Tonahutu Spur Trail, the Grand Lake Lodge Spur Trail, the Timber Lake Trail and the trail which branches toward Mount Ida from Milner Pass. All major roads and facilities in Rocky Mountain National Park are open as are our neighboring communities of Grand Lake and Estes Park.

The park has set up a recorded Fire Information Line at (970) 586-1381 which will be updated when new information on the Big Meadows Fire is available.

For more information about Rocky Mountain National Park, please call the park’s Information Office at (970) 586-1206.

June 12, 2013 (Morning Update)

For Immediate Release

Kyle Patterson

-NPS-

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Lightning Caused Big Meadows Fire In RMNP Increases In Size, No Structures Or Communities At Risk

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Rocky Mountain National Park News Release:

June 11, 2013 (Evening Update)

For Immediate Release

Lightning Caused Big Meadows Fire Increases In Size, No Structures Or Communities At Risk

This afternoon, due to high winds, low humidity and a large amount of beetle killed trees the Big Meadows Fire grew from 2 to 3 acres this morning to an estimated 300 to 400 acres through the day.  A recon flight this afternoon showed the fire moving to the northeast toward Nakai Peak.

This morning  an interagency crew consisting of Rocky Mountain National Park and US Forest Service firefighters were flown to the Big Meadows Fire located on the north end of Big Meadows on the west side of Rocky Mountain National Park.  The location is roughly 4.5 miles from the Green Mountain Trailhead in a relatively remote section of Rocky Mountain National Park west of the Continental Divide.  Around 1:00 p.m. firefighters experienced extremely gusty winds that both deterred deploying smokejumpers and increased the fire’s growth.  No structures or communities are threatened.

A Boise Smokejumper Type III Team has taken over management of the fire.  A Type II team is on order and is expected to transition Thursday morning.  Fire managers have ordered additional air and ground resources including three additional helicopters and five additional Type I crews.  The Craig Hotshot Type I crew arrived this afternoon.  The weather forecast is for more warm, dry and windy conditions tomorrow and the fire is expected to be active. The area contains a large amount of beetle killed trees; firefighter and visitor safety will continue to be paramount.

Currently there are five trails temporarily closed in the area – the Onahu Trail, the Green Mountain Trail, the lower Tonahutu Trail, the Tonahutu Spur Trail and the Grand Lake Lodge Spur Trail.  All major roads in Rocky Mountain National Park are open.

The park has set up a recorded Fire Information Line at (970) 586-1381 which will be updated when new information on the Big Meadows Fire is available.

For more information about Rocky Mountain National Park please call the park’s Information Office at (970) 586-1206.

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