Photo Courtesy of Elizabeth Butler Jameson via Gazette.

Photo Courtesy of Elizabeth Butler Jameson via Gazette.

Strong winds in the area of Estes Park were likely behind the start of the Kruger Rock fire, according to the Larimer County Sheriff's Office.

An investigation into the blaze revealed that strong winds knocked over a tree, which fell into a nearby powerline. This was enough to create an arc that started the blaze.

Winds in the area of Estes Park were reportedly gusting up to 45 miles per hour on Tuesday, which continued throughout much of the day and prevented air resources from being fully utilized to fight the fire.

According to the Larimer County Sheriff's Office, water and suppressant was eventually dropped on the area.

Spencer McKee is OutThere Colorado's Director of Content and Operations, often found reporting on outdoor recreation news. In his spare time, Spencer loves to hike, rock climb, and trail run.

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