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Kruger Rock Fire

Unit Information

Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland
U.S. Forest Service
2150 Centre Avenue Building E
Fort Collins, CO 80526

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Incident Contact

Canyon Lakes Ranger District
Phone: 970-295-6700
Hours: Mon to Fri; 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Highlighted Activity

11/22/2021 U.S. Forest Service Reduces Size of Closure Area - 11/22/2021
The U.S. Forest Service reduced the size of the area closure near the Kruger Rock Fire on the afternoon of 11/22/2021. Please visit to...
Closure - 11/22/2021

From Larimer County Sheriff's Office Media Release "Kruger Rock Fire Update", published Tuesday, November 16, 2021, at 10:22 p.m. (

  • On November 16, 2021, at about 6:50 a.m., a small wildfire was reported near Little Valley Road and Fish Creek Road southeast of Estes Park.  Multiple resources responded and found the fire burning in very steep terrain.  Gusting winds and low relative humidity caused the fire to spread quickly and threatened several structures in the area.  Multiple voluntary and mandatory evacuations were ordered during the day and notifications were sent to 1,644 contacts (not individuals or homes).  No structure damage has been reported.
  • An investigation into the cause of the fire has revealed high winds blew a tree onto a nearby powerline causing it to arc and start the fire.

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The Larimer County Sheriff's Office lifted all evacuations Friday, 11/19/2021, at 5 p.m.
100% containment of the fire was reached on 11/20/2021 at 6 p.m.
The US Forest Service expects to staff the fire at the current level at least through Friday, 11/26/2021. Each day, firefighters will continue to check the fire and mop-up in areas where it's safe to do so.
 Residents can expect to see some smoke and flames at times in the interior of the fire. Please do not call 9-1-1.
11/22/2021 - The U.S. Forest Service has reduced the size of the closure area near the Kruger Rock Fire. Please visit to see the new closure order and map of the closure area.

For more information about the Canyon Lakes Ranger District on the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forest and Pawnee National Grassland, please visit
Larimer County has closed Hermit Park Open Space for the season, effective 11/24/2021, due to conditions related to the Kruger Rock Fire. Please visit for more information.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseSee Incident Overview.
Date of OriginTuesday November 16th, 2021 approx. 07:00 AM
Location2 miles southeast of Estes Park, CO
Incident CommanderUS Forest Service: Nate Hallam, Chanse Smith (T)
Coordinates40.338 latitude, -105.497 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel10
Size147 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Fuels Involved

Timber, grass and understory with heavy dead and down fuels in the area.

Significant Events

Observed fire behavior was creeping and smoldering.


Planned Actions

All Divisions: Mop up where safe to do so.

Projected Incident Activity

While some clouds will move in today and linger through the night, no precipitation is expected.

Tomorrow will be mostly sunny, with a high near 44. West to southwest winds 8 to 13 mph becoming south to southeast in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 21 mph.

The weather pattern is expected to remain sunny, highs around 50, and breezy at least through next Thursday.


Acreage is estimated from MMA flight on 11/19/2021 at 11:26 a.m.

A US Forest Service Type 4 incident management team took control of the fire at 7 a.m. on 11/22/2021.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Increasing clouds today, with a high near 49. Breezy, with a west wind 14 to 20 mph and with gusts as high as 31 mph.