Fern Lake Fire Doubles in Size

The Fern Lake fire, burning in Rocky Mountain National Park since Oct. 9, more than doubled in size overnight, forcing the evacuation of 583 homes, reports the Denver Post.

The 3,584-acre fire, sparked by an illegal campfire in the park, exploded early Saturday when it was pushed by strong winds, with gusts up to 75 mph.

“The wind last night was very strong and fanned the flames,” said John Schulz, spokesman for the Larimer County Sheriff’s Department. “It jumped the lines.”

An unoccupied, privately owned cabin was destroyed, and many others were threatened, Schulz said.

Fire spokeswoman Traci Weaver said teams made good progress fighting the fire Saturday, but high winds were expected again Sunday, especially late in the day.

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