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Wildfire Forces Evacuations In Rocky Mountain National Park

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An image of the Fern Lake Fire (credit: Steve Hoffman)

An image of the Fern Lake Fire (credit: Steve Hoffman)

GALLERIES: COLORADO'S WORST WILDFIRES

ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, Colo. (CBS4) – A wildfire that broke out Tuesday has forced the evacuations of campers and hikers in Rocky Mountain National Park.

At 5 p.m. the fire was estimated at about 300 acres near the Fern Lake Trail and burning toward the north in steep terrain. Firefighters were on scene from the National Park Service.

So far no structures have been threatened.

An single engine air tanker (SEAT) and heavy helitanker have arrived but due to cloudy and turbulent conditions they have been unable to fly.

All trails off of Bear Lake Road have been closed but the road was still open. Fern Lake Road has been closed.

Trails south of Trail Ridge Road leading into Moraine Park and Fern Lake Area are also closed. All other roads are still open.

A pre-evacuation notice has been issued for the YMCA of the Rockies.

A fire information number has been set up with a recorded message and will be updated as conditions change. The number is (970) 586-1381

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(credit: CBS)

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