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High winds on Saturday morning, Dec. 1, 2012, more than doubled the size of the Fern Lake Fire within Rocky Mountain National Park, with no containment of the blaze in sight, the National Park Service said.

Areas of Estes Park have been evacuated, and other areas are in pre-evacuation mode. The fire is burning roughly 10 miles west of the town.
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Winter-like conditions of drifting snow, high winds and below-freezing temperatures above 10,000 feet have caused rangers at Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado to close the historic Trail Ridge Road for the season to through travel.

"We continue to get snowfall at high elevations combined with strong winds," park superintendent Vaughn Baker said Oct. 17, 2012. "The snow will continue to blow and drift at higher elevations, making snow clearing operations and driving conditions extremely hazardous."
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