ESTES PARK, Colo.—Despite recent heavy snows, a 6-square-mile wildfire is continuing to burn in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Fire officials say the Fern Lake Fire, which is 88 percent contained inside the park, will continue to smolder in dense forests, despite a foot of snow.

The fire, which remains under investigation, has been burning since Oct. 9 and has destroyed one cabin.

According to the Fort Collins Coloradoan (, fire officials are concerned that the state could face another major wildfire season because of a continuing drought.

Last year, two people died in the Waldo Canyon fire, which burned 346 homes and 28 square miles in Colorado Springs, and one died in the High Park fire, which destroyed 136 square miles and 259 homes west of Fort Collins.


Information from: Fort Collins Coloradoan,