ESTES PARK, Colo. (CBS4) – A herd of elk was seen in Colorado running from the wildfire that broke out in Estes Park Tuesday morning. Eric Harrington shared the video on Twitter near the Kruger Rock Fire.
Seeing a herd of Elk running from the smoke/fire here in Estes Park at Mary’s Lake. pic.twitter.com/h77xaQRXoy
— Eric Harrington (@RetroEric73) November 16, 2021
Harrington said he captured the video from the Mary’s Lake area of the tourist town at the gateway of Rocky Mountain National Park.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife studied the movement of elk in the Poudre Canyon/Red Feather Lakes area during the Cameron Peak Fire in 2020. CPW had 30 elk with GPS satellite collars on in the burn area.
“They know when it’s not safe and they get out of there,” wildlife biologist Angelique Curtis stated. “They don’t generally run too far.”
The fire that broke out Tuesday has been named the Kruger Rock Fire. Mandatory evacuations were ordered for some homes and businesses.
Hearing from @DillonMThomas that smoke from the new fire Estes Park has reached as far as Windsor. Strong westerly winds will be relentless for much of the of the day in this area.#cowx #4wx
📷 Evan Schaefer from Carriage Hills in Estes Park pic.twitter.com/UvX5mEqV39
— Ashton Altieri (@AshtonCBS4) November 16, 2021