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By Dave Hurst
From Boulder CO
Oct 9, 2012

If you were planning on heading into the park you might want to reconsider, Bear Lake road is closed due to a fire in the Moraine Park area:

www.dailycamera.com/news/ci_21733522/fire-burning-rocky-moun>>>

Listen:
www.radioreference.com/apps/audio/?action=wp&feedId=8781

www.radioreference.com/apps/audio/?action=wp&feedId=8867


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By Scott McMahon
From Boulder, CO
Oct 9, 2012
Bocan

Hmmm make you wonder how that fire started. Hopefully not some touron.


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By Ben Brotelho
From Albany, NY
Oct 9, 2012
Epic free solo with a pack on

when me and a buddy were in RMNP in June the roads in all had these weird teepee shaped structures that we assumed were for controlling wildfires from spreading...they surrounded the edges of a lot of the roads, including the one into bear lake. I wonder if they didn't work, or if that's not even what they're meant for


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By Scott McMahon
From Boulder, CO
Oct 9, 2012
Bocan

Ben Botelho wrote:
when me and a buddy were in RMNP in June the roads in all had these weird teepee shaped structures that we assumed were for controlling wildfires from spreading...they surrounded the edges of a lot of the roads, including the one into bear lake. I wonder if they didn't work, or if that's not even what they're meant for


That's mitigation for the beetle kill trees. They've been doing that for a bit there. Amazing to see how many trees they've removed so far.


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By Ben Brotelho
From Albany, NY
Oct 9, 2012
Epic free solo with a pack on

Ohhh the ash-beetle? Interesting...


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By Jeremy Monahan
From Fort Fun, CO
Oct 9, 2012
View of Longs Peak from Mt. Alice, RMNP

Pine beetle actually. They have been burning those piles over the course of the year, but I don't think that is what caused the fire, as there are no roads in the area of the fire.

At least I hope that isn't what caused the fire.


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By Scott McMahon
From Boulder, CO
Oct 9, 2012
Bocan

Ben Botelho wrote:
Ohhh the ash-beetle? Interesting...



www.nps.gov/romo/naturescience/mtn_pine_beetle_background.ht>>>


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By Ben Brotelho
From Albany, NY
Oct 9, 2012
Epic free solo with a pack on

Huh...I had no idea. Thanks for the link


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By Scott McMahon
From Boulder, CO
Oct 9, 2012
Bocan

Ben Botelho wrote:
Huh...I had no idea. Thanks for the link


It's actually a huge problem world wide, with different species of bark beatles affecting the trees. The mountain bark beetle is causing havoc from New Mexico up to BC and I believe Alaska as well. Then there is the Southern bark beetle which..well, is in the Southeast. If you drove on I-70 past the tunnel when you were here, the massive amount of dead brown trees are all beetle kill.

It's supposed to be cyclical, but I believe this is the worst it's been and I've read that due to global warming they are reproducing twice a year. Additionaly the federal government has even providing funding to combat it as per the link below 29 million acres were affected in 2011.

Damn beetles...

If you're bored. It's actually interesting stuff when you live in these areas.

www.fs.fed.us/publications/bark-beetle/bark-beetle-strategy->>>


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By Jacob Neathawk
From Nederland, CO
Oct 15, 2012

Anyone know if the rock of ages is open with the recent fire?


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By Leo Paik
Administrator
From Westminster, Colorado
Oct 22, 2012

They've closed off the Fern Lake trailhead from the winter parking lot. Cub Lake trail is closed, Fern Lake trail / The Pool is closed. The area north of Odessa Lake is closed.

The smoke really seemed to be coming from the area near Rock of Ages / Jaws / Night of the Unicorn area. It was really thick up there Saturday. It made for weird lighting all the way back to McGraw Ranch / Cow Creek Canyon, and all of Estes Park.

They are not fighting it directly. They're down to local firefighters. My guess: it'll take winter setting in to completely extinguish it.

From Cow Creek Canyon.
From Cow Creek Canyon.

From the Beaver Meadows entrance.
From the Beaver Meadows entrance.

From Spur 66 area.
From Spur 66 area.

From the MacGregor Ave area.
From the MacGregor Ave area.


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By Phil Lauffen
From The Bubble
Oct 22, 2012
RMNP skiing. Photo by Nodin de Saillan

This is a bummer.


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