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Update: Kruger Rock Fire reaches 147 acres, 60% containment

Kruger Rock fire southeast of Estes Park
Kruger Rock fire southeast of Estes Park Nov. 16. At the time of the photo the fire was approximately 11% contained and spread across approximately 115 acres (Milo Gladstein | The Collegian)

Nov.19 Update

As of 8 a.m. Nov. 19, the Kruger Rock wildfire has reached 147 acres in size and is 60% contained. According to the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office, the fire started when wind blew a tree into a power line. Permitting good weather conditions, aircrafts will be available to help firefighters on the ground today.

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There are not any new evacuations or road closures at this time

Original Story

Larimer County residents on the south side of Estes Park were forced to evacuate after the Kruger Rock wildfire began Tuesday morning.

At 9:45 a.m., the fire was estimated to be around 75 acres, getting to 100 acres by 1:20 p.m. Areas under evacuation orders include Little Valley and Hermit Park. According to the Larimer County Sheriff’s Twitter, there are several locations available for fire evacuees in Estes Park and Longmont, including LifeBridge Church and the local YMCA. 

Colorado State Patrol tweeted that Highway 36 is closed at Mall Road and Apple Valley Road due to the fire. 

According to Larimer County, the cause of the fire is unknown and was reported shortly before 7 a.m. this morning. At their 1 p.m. update, no structures had been burned, but many were threatened. As of the last update at 3 p.m, the fire is 11% contained. 

Reach Noelle Mason and Katrina Leibee at news@collegian.com or on Twitter @csucollegian

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Katrina Leibee, Editor-in-Chief
Katrina Leibee is serving as The Rocky Mountain Collegian's editor in chief for the 2021-22 academic year. Leibee started at The Collegian during the fall of her freshman year writing for the opinion desk. She then moved up to assistant opinion editor and served as the opinion director for the 2020-21 academic year. Leibee is a journalism and political science double major, but her heart lies in journalism. She enjoys writing, editing and working with a team of people to create the paper more than anything. Ask anyone, Leibee loves her job at The Collegian and believes in the great privilege and opportunity that comes with holding a job like this. The biggest privilege is getting to work with a team of such smart, talented editors, writers, photographers and designers. The most important goal Leibee has for her time as editor in chief is to create change, and she hopes her and her staff will break the status quo for how The Collegian has previously done things and for what a college newspaper can be. From creating a desk dedicated entirely to cannabis coverage to transitioning the paper into an alt-weekly, Leibee hopes she can push the boundaries of The Collegian and make it a better paper for its readers and its staff. Leibee is not one to accept a broken system, sit comfortably inside the limits or repeat the words, "That's the way we've always done things." She is a forward thinker with a knack for leadership, and she has put together the best staff imaginable to bring The Collegian to new heights.
Milo Gladstein, Photo Director
Milo Gladstein is a fifth-year senior majoring in journalism and media communications. He is currently serving as one of the two photo directors for the 2o23-24 school year. Gladstein's work focuses on long-form stories diving deep into what it means to be human and sharing people's passion and story with the community. He did not begin as a journalism major and has worn many hats while at CSU. He began as a conservation biology major, moving to undeclared and then horticulture therapy before finally landing in the journalism department. He seeks stories about community members who are impacting the world around them in positive ways and shares those stories. Working at The Collegian has taught Gladstein about working on a team, how to develop a story and the best ways to present said stories. Most importantly, he has grown from a photographer into a photojournalist. As co-photo director, he hopes to pass that knowledge on to the next group of journalists rising through The Collegian. When not working at The Collegian or in class, Gladstein can be found reading a book or in the outdoors climbing, camping, exploring and getting lost in the mountains.
Garrett Mogel, Photo Director
Garrett Mogel is a third-year journalism student with a second field in philosophy. He is one of two photo directors for the 2023-24 school year.  Growing up in Colorado and surrounded by dreamlike landscapes and adventure sports, it was only a matter of time before Mogel picked up a camera. For over a decade, Mogel explored Colorado, portaging rivers, postholing through several feet of snow, rappelling over cliffs and skinning up mountains, all with a camera in hand. Through his adventures, Mogel began attaching stories to images and began to engage viewers in conversation about their favorite areas. Eventually, Mogel’s passion for photography and storytelling drew him to pursue a degree and career in photojournalism.  In his years at college, Mogel has worked with The Collegian every year. In progressing through the publication, Mogel has seen all the ways student media fosters growth both individually as well as through collaboration. Additionally, the opportunity to witness how impactful a story can be on a personal, organizational and community level is his greatest lesson thus far.  Beyond The Collegian, Mogel still finds time to appreciate his Colorado upbringing. When not on assignment, he can usually be found mountain biking, skiing, camping, river surfing or at home planning his next adventure.

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