You can see burned out grass in Moraine Park along the Big Thompson River with the still smoldering fire of Forest Canyon in the background.
The higher mountain on the left in this photograph is Steep Mountain, behind the Big Thompson River. It still had some “hot spots” that the firefighters are fighting. You can see a plume of smoke from a “hot spot” near the top of the ridge.
Today there were 503 fire personnel helping with the Fern Lake Fire. 400 of these are firefighters. Tom, from Emergency Management in Medford, Oregon was educating me on the path of the fire, what is now going on now in Forest Canyon and on Steep Mountain and how the “hot spots” erupt up on the ridge of Steep Mountain.
We were able to drive over to see the cabin that was burned in Moraine Park. You could see the exact path of the fire and where it hit and where it hopped over. This was the only cabin to catch on fire, with the fire stopping a few yards beyond. You can see in the background that the grass was totally untouched in patches. Only one tree nearby was totally charred. Our hearts go out to the people who lost their home here in Rocky Mountain National Park. We have hiked in this area by this cabin so many times.
This is the tree that was totally charred by the flames from the cabin.
This shows a firefighter yesterday fighting the fire in the forest. Photo courtesy of Channel 7 News (Major King KMGH-TV / KZCO-LD).
Right now the Fern lake Fire is 40% contained. The fire fighters are doing an amazing job helping to stomp out this fire. Thanks to all of the fire fighters and fire management personnel for helping us here in Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park. We are ALL so very thankful!