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TENTATIVE RE-ENTRY PLANS 12/03/2012 6:00 p.m.

Sheriff Justin Smith and Fern Lake Fire managers announced Monday evening that tentative plans are being made to allow some residents from the Highway 66 evacuation area to return home on Wednesday morning, December 5 at 9:00 a.m.

Officials hope to open the Highway 66 evacuation area from Highway 36 up to and including Aspen Brook Drive. This area would be placed on pre-evacuation status.

Highway 36 to the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center in Rocky Mountain National Park would also open at this time. The east side of Rocky Mountain National Park via Beaver Meadows Entrance and Fall River Entrance is closed, although Fall River Visitor Center remains open.

Homes and businesses on Highway 66 beyond Aspen Brook Drive will continue to remain evacuated until conditions allow their return.

These plans are only tentative and could change based on fire and weather conditions at the time.

There will be no change to the existing areas that are currently on pre-evacuation status. These areas include the High Drive and adjacent streets area and the Mary’s Lake Road area from Moraine Avenue and Rock Ridge Road south to Highway 7 and Fish Creek Road.

Residents in the pre-evacuation areas are asked to remain vigilant and be prepared to leave at a moment’s notice.


Beginning today December 3 through Friday, December 7, an evacuee/community meeting will take place each day at 5 p.m. at Estes Park’s Town Hall board room, 170 MacGregor Ave. Unless there are significant changes in the Fern Lake Fire, these daily meetings will be the only evacuee and community updates scheduled each day, and morning briefings for evacuees will be discontinued.

Information for evacuees will continue to be provided at the evacuation center at Mountain View Bible Fellowship.

Media briefings will take place each day at 10 a.m. at the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center, as well as immediately following the evacuee and community meetings at approximately 6 p.m. at Town Hall, 170 MacGregor Ave.

Comments (1)

  • debralinkhart

    To ALL the people helping the Town of Estes Park during the Fern Lake Fire, GOD BLESS YOU ALL!!!!! From the staff at Town Hall to the people buying water and gatorade at Safeway for the firefighters and assistants, to the woman I met in line at the Customer Service desk last night, 12/3/12, who was buying all the gatorade for the fire teams, thank you so very much for helping to save our wonderful town. To all the Fire and Sheriff personnel, thank you so much. To all the volunteers and the people at the evacuation centers, God Bless you all. We could not have done this without your help!!!!! Merry Christmas! Hope all the wonderful firefighters will be back home in time for the Holidays!!!!! Love, Debbie Linkhart, Estes Park, CO

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