UPDATE 1 — November 16, 2021 — 2020 hours PT
A single-engine air tanker also known as a SEAT has crashed this evening while fighting the KRUGER ROCK FIRE, that began earlier this morning from an unknown cause. The SEAT Air Tractor T-860 crashed by Estes Park on Homestead Meadows Trailhead. This was said to be the location where it was last seen.
The Larimer County Sheriff’s Office and other agencies were in the area, where the crash was witnessed by several onlookers and were looking for the wreckage.
Scanner feed is reporting an active search for the aircraft. You can listen to the incident here –> https://www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/35874
The KRUGER ROCK FIRE is about 133 acres and 15% contained. Fire crews were due to continue operations throughout the night. The fire was reported today just before 0700 hours near Little Valley Road and Fish Creek Road. At 0800 hours, the fire had scorched 20 acres.
The cause of the fire is unknown at this time is under investigation.
The Rocky National Park Service and the USFS are in Unified Command. The Joint-Information-Center or also known as the JIC, will reopen on Wednesday at 0800 hours. The fire line is 970-980-2500.
The list of Incident Cooperators for this fire include the LCSO Initial Attack (IA) Module, Larimer Co Parks, CO State Patrol, Estes Valley Fire Protection District, Estes PD, Town of Estes, Glenhaven Fire, LCSO Posse, LCSO All HAZ/Crisis Response Team, Poudre Fire Authority, Loveland Fire Rescue Authority, Berthoud Fire Protection District, Boulder County, CO Division of Fire Prevention and Control, Allenspark Fire, USFS, RMNP, ODOT and the LCSO Emergency Services.
About 150 personnel are assigned to this wildfire incident.
Shelter for Family with Small Pets | YMCA | 2515 Tunnel Road, Estes, Colorado.
Red Cross Shelter | Estes Events Center | Will be reopened at 0700 hours.
Small animal evacuation Shelter | Larimer Human Society | 3501 East 71st Street, Loveland, CO. Phone 970-226-3647 and Boulder County Humane Society | 2323 55th Street, Boulder, CO. Phone 303-442-4030 ext. 657. Will take evacuations from Boulder or Larimer County.
Large animal evacuation Shelter | The Ranch. 5280 Arena Circle, Loveland, CO. Phone 970-682-0545.
CLOSED TRAIL| Twin Sisters Trail, parking area. (National Park Service)
CLOSED FOREST LANDS | Lands on the Roosevelt National Forest. For detailed information, visit their website at fs.usda.gov/alerts/arp/alerts (Larimer Co Gov)
CLOSED ROADWAY | CO Hwy 36 at Mall Road in Estes Park and at Apple Valley Road, west of Lyons. (Larimer Co Gov)
MANDATORY EVACUATION | Area of Meadowdale and south to the Boulder county line, to Big Elk Meadows and Pinewood Springs west of Hwy 36 for residents and businesses occupants. Updates, text the word “LCEVAC” to 88877 from your cell phone. ONLY CALL 9-1-1 IF YOU ARE IN DANGER.
ABOUT ESTES PARK, COLORADO
Estes Park is a town in the State of Colorado that proudly says they are an all-around adventure playground the base camp for the Rocky Mountain National Park. It has a population of about 5,904 residents with 679 of them veterans.
Check out more great information on their amazing City Blog here –> https://www.visitestespark.com/blog/home/
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