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LIVE: Evacuations underway for Colorado wildfire outside Estes Park

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The Kruger Rock Fire started Tuesday outside of Estes Park in Colorado prompting mandatory and voluntary evacuations for surrounding areas.


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VIDEO: Elk herd runs from flames

A heard of elk was caught on video running away from the fire in the area of Estes Park.

Posted by Andrew Wulfeck

Parts of Roosevelt National Forest close

Rangers closed parts of the Roosevelt National Forest due to the flames.

Posted by Andrew Wulfeck
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Kruger Rock Fire grows to 115 acres with 11% containment

Firefighters estimate that 115 acres burned on Wednesday near Estes Park. The Larimer County Sheriff’s Office says around 150 personnel are working to try to contain the fire, and the blaze is only around 11% contained.

Posted by Andrew Wulfeck

VIDEO: Crews monitoring impact from winds on fire

Posted by Andrew Wulfeck

Wind gusts of 40+ mph helping to drive flames

Wind gusts of more than 40 mph are helping to drive the flames in the mountainous community. Winds are expected to remain elevated until a cold front pushes through the region later in the evening.

Posted by Andrew Wulfeck

MAP: Evacuation zones for Kruger Rock Fire

Several areas along State Highway 36 are under voluntary and mandatory evacuations as the Kruger Rock Fire continues to grow in Larimer County, CO.

Latest evacuation zones:

Posted by Andrew Wulfeck

Locations for fire evacuees

Here are the locations where evacuees can go:

LifeBridge Church 10345 Ute Hwy, Longmont - Available for overnight sheltering. No reservation needed, just show up.

Estes Park Event Center 1125 Rooftop Way

Small Animals may be evacuated to the Larimer Humane Society, 3501 E. 71st Street, Loveland.

Large animals can be taken to The Ranch, 5280 Arena Circle, Loveland.

Overnight sheltering is available at the YMCA at 2515 Tunnel Road, Estes. Small pets are also welcome.

Posted by Heather Brinkmann

VIDEO: Fire near Estes Park 'still very active'

Estes Park resident John Laughlin shares video of the fire from his home as mandatory evacuations are taking place.  

He said the fire is "still very active" but appears to be moving east. hHowever, if the wind shifts it could come back toward Laughlin.

"We're on edge," he said.

Posted by Emilee Speck

Kruger Rock Fire grows to 100 acres

The Kruger Rock Fire is now approximately 100 acres with zero containment, according to the Larimer County Sheriff's Office.

Posted by Emilee Speck

Watch: Flames from Kruger Rock Fire creep up hillside

Evacuations have been ordered in the area surrounding the Kruger Rock Fire outside Estes Park, Colorado due to the growing wildfire.

Posted by Steven Yablonski

Strong winds continue through the afternoon

The FOX Weather Forecast for wind gusts shows that wind speeds will continue to stay strong throughout the afternoon. Estes Park could even see wind gusts upwards of 60 mph at times.

Due to the strong winds, crews are unable to fight the fire by air.

Posted by Heather Brinkmann

Another evacuation site opened for residents

LifeBridge Church located at 10345 Ute Highway in Longmont has been opened as an evacuation site.

Posted by Steven Yablonski

Parts of Colorado Highway 36 closed

Colorado Highway 36 is closed at Mall Road in Estes Park and at Apple Valley Road, west of Lyons

Posted by Steven Yablonski

Mandatory evacuation ordered for Meadowdale

Fire officials have ordered an upgrade to mandatory evacuations for the area of Meadowdale and south to the Boulder County line.

Posted by Steven Yablonski

Information center open for residents

A joint information center has been opened for residents to call for the latest information.

Posted by Steven Yablonski

WATCH: Kruger Rock Fire burns outside Estes Park, Colo.

Video from KDVR in Denver shows the Kruger Rock Fire burning on the mountainside.

Posted by Steven Yablonski

Wind and dry conditions fueling fire

Winds up to 40 mph around Estes Park and low relativity humidity are prime conditions for wildfires and make fighting the fire more difficult.

Posted by Emilee Speck

Structures threatened, but no damage reported so far

As the fire continues to grow, emergency officials say structures are being threatened. Luckily, no damage has been reported so far.

Posted by Steven Yablonski

Little Valley under mandatory evacuation

Mandatory Evacuations have been ordered for people in the area of Little Valley due to the wildfire. People in the area have been told to evacuate immediately.

Posted by Emilee Speck

Kruger Rock Fire at 75 acres

The Kruger Rock Fire outside Estes Park is at 75 acres. Crews on the ground are working to contain the blaze but are unable to use helicopters or airplanes to assist because of the excessive winds in the area.

Posted by Emilee Speck

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