'Extreme Fire Behavior' Drives Growth of East Troublesome Blaze

Colorado’s raging East Troublesome Fire prompted mandatory evacuation orders on October 22, as the blaze grew to more than 170,163 acres.

The Larimer County Sheriff’s Office issued a mandatory evacuation order for the western part of Rocky Mountain National Park and western parts of Estes Park. Residents were instructed to evacuate as quickly as possible.

Town officials said all routes into Estes Park had been closed. Rocky Mountain National Park was also closed, and park officials warned that air quality was “hazardous.”

Firefighting authorities expected extreme fire behavior to continue into the evening and burn into upper elevations through the night.

This video shows the East Troublesome Fire from above in the afternoon of October 22 from Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control’s Multi-Mission Aircraft. Credit: COFirePrev&Control via Storyful