Kruger Rock Fire Prompts Evacuations Near Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado

The Kruger Rock fire near Colorado’s Estes Park prompted evacuations on November 16 as it quickly grew in size.

The fire, burning east of Rocky Mountain National Park, started around 6:50 am on November 16 and had spread to 133 acres with 15 percent containment at 6:20 pm that evening, officials said. Larimer County issued voluntary and mandatory evacuations for 1,644 contacts, according to a statement from the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office.

A single engine air tanker that was responding to the fire crashed south of Estes Park at around 6:37 pm on November 16, the sheriff’s office said. The crash site was discovered around 9:49 pm and the pilot, who was the plane’s sole occupant, was found dead.

This footage was captured by Somer McCain, who said she filmed it on the morning of November 16 from her home in Estes Park. Credit: Somer McCain via Storyful

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