ESTES PARK, Colo. (CBS4) – Within hours, the Kruger Rock Fire, blown by strong winds through dry terrain, burned more than 130 acres on the southern edge of dear Estes Town Park. NS the fire is believed to have been started by the ignited power line, as first reported by CBS4’s Dillon Thomas.
It is currently being contained 15%.
Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith, who is also the county sheriff, said the fire broke out just after seven a.m. Investigators found what they believe to be a flash point near power lines.
Residents like Phil Frank said they woke up to a fire burning near their home.
“It’s on fire on the hill. Frank said. “It’s scary, it actually raises your blood pressure. We cleaned the house, started packing, and got into the car.”
Smith said wind gusts were worrisome and made evacuations start early.
“It’s growing rapidly with the winds here, they started evacuating immediately,” Smith said.
Residents like David Diggs said they quickly packed up and prepared for the worst, but still hoped for the best.
“I went around the house taking pictures of the rooms,” says Diggs. “When you live here, you have to be prepared for that.”
At that point, flames could be seen sliding from one to the other, igniting more than 50 feet into the sky.
“If your house is in a fire zone like that, I don’t know what you can do,” Diggs said.
Smith said the fire brigade will continue to battle the blaze and work to contain it through the night.
“Our concern, really at this point, becomes the houses along Highway 36,” says Smith. “If it goes along Highway 36 then there’s certainly a lot of direction it could go from. there. That is our main focus now. “
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