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Photos show just how dangerously close the Kruger Rock Fire is burning to Estes Park structures

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Posted at 2:01 PM, Nov 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-16 20:42:16-05

ESTES PARK, Colo. — The 133-acre Kruger Rock Fire burning just miles from downtown Estes Park has forced several people to evacuate.

The fire — reported just before 7 a.m. Tuesday and burning near Little Valley Drive and Fish Creek Road below Kruger Rock — is dangerously close to nearby homes that dot the landscape along winding mountain roads in the heavily-wooded area. It was at 15% containment as of 7 p.m. Tuesday.

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So far, no structures have been lost. However, several are being threatened, according to the Larimer County Sheriff's Office.

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Mandatory evacuations are underway for residents and businesses in the following areas:

  • Little Valley Drive
  • Hermit Park
  • Uplands of Fish Creek Road
  • Meadowdale
  • Along Highway 36 from mile marker 9 (just southeast of Estes Park) south to the Boulder County line (including Big Elk Meadows and Pinewood Springs west of Highway 36)
  • Pole Hill Road to Panorama Peak on the east side of Highway 36

Photos of the fire are pouring in to Discover Colorado Through Your Photos, a Facebook page managed by Denver7. Viewers are also sending in photos of the fire.

These photos below show just how dangerously close the flames are to homes and businesses in the Estes Park area:

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AirTracker7 flew over the area Tuesday afternoon. The aerial video shows crews working to increase containment amid wind gusts of up to 50 mph.

AIRTRACKER7 flies over Kruger Rock Fire in Larimer County

AIRTRACKER7 flies over Kruger Rock Fire in Larimer County