Some firefighters released from RMNP fire

POSTED: 01:55 PM MDT Oct 14, 2012 
ESTES PARK, Colo. -

Because of decreased fire activity, firefighters are expected to be released from their work against a wildfire burning in the Rocky Mountain National Park Sunday.

The Fern Lake Fire was first reported on Oct. 9. As of Sunday morning, it had grown to 673 acres.

It has grown only about 13 acres since Thursday, because of cold, wet weather over the area. Still, the latest estimates say the fire is just five percent contained.

The National Park Service said the fire is burning in in steep, rugged terrain that includes beetle-killed trees.

Firefighters who are not dismissed Sunday will continue to monitor the fire's status and could use contingency lines for a burnout if conditions allow.

Bear Lake Road, Upper Beaver Meadows Road and Moraine Park Campground are closed because of this fire. The NPS also said that park trails accessed from Bear Lake Road and Highway 66 are closed, as are trails south of Trail Ridge Road including the Ute Trail.