Spruce Fire burning between Spruce Lake and Fern Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park

ESTES PARK, Colo. - A small fire is burning between Fern Lake and Spruce Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Park officials said the Spruce Fire was one acre in size on Tuesday morning.

The first ground crew hiked in Monday to fight the fire. Additional hand crews are going into the fire area on Tuesday, bringing the total to 40 firefighters on scene.

A helicopter has also been assigned to the fire.

The fire is burning about four miles from the Fern Lake Trailhead. The Fern Lake Trail is closed to hikers past the Pool.  Access is also closed from the Flattop Trail Junction to Fern Lake from the Bear Lake area.  The Fern Lake Road is closed to vehicles. Upper Beaver Meadows Road is closed due to helicopter operations.

Park officials said the cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

-- Fern Lake Fire --

Park officials dealt with a fire in this area less than two years ago. The Fern Lake Fire burned about 3,500 acres in late 2012. That fire was started by an illegal campfire in October 2012 in Forest Canyon.

Firefighters battled the fire for two months. On November 30/December 1, strong winds pushed the fire more than three miles in thirty-five minutes, prompting evacuation orders, but firefighters managed to keep the fire from crossing Bear Lake Road and leaving the park.

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