Pilot killed fighting Kruger Rock fire — military veteran with night sky experience

The Kruger Rock fire near the southeastern tip of Estes Park, about 40 miles north west of Boulder, killed one pilot battling the blaze and sparked a wave of evacuations, authorities said this week, underscoring their research that the fires are continuing to rise to intensity all year round.

Late Wednesday, the Kruger Rock fire near the southeastern tip of Estes Park, about 40 miles northwest of Boulder, had scorched 145 acres and 40 percent contained, Larry County officials shared in a Facebook post.

A fire warning was released early Tuesday morning and crews found flames starting burning in steep terrain, the Larimer County Sheriff said in a press release.

Gusty winds and low humidity, conditions prone to wildfires, led to a rapid emergence and threatened structures within the area.

Evacuation orders to residents and businesses were issued throughout Tuesday, each binding and voluntary.

By the afternoon, the fire had burned 75 acres, shutting down part of Highway 36, a key east-west route.

High Park fire

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The High Park fire was a wildfire in the mountains west of Fort Collins in Larimer County, Colorado, United States. It was caused by a lightning strike and was first detected on the morning of June 9, (wikipedia)


Estes Park, Colorado

Estes Park is a statutory town in Larimer County, Colorado, United States. A popular summer resort and the location of the headquarters for Rocky Mountain National Park, (wikipedia)


Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park is a South African National Park and one of the largest game reserves in Africa. It covers an area of 19, (wikipedia)


Solid Rock (Goanna song)

“Solid Rock” is a song written by Shane Howard and recorded by Australian rock band Goanna. (wikipedia)

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