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Old 06-15-2012   #21
Fort Collins, Colorado
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High Park fire photos (Poudre River)

Hi River Fans -

I've been working on this fire since Saturday and managed to take a few shots that may be of interest. Got a flight yesterday and had an aerial view, and shot a few from the highway this morning. Yes, Mishawaka is still there, along with a number of crews who were staging there for today's operations. The fire has backed down to the highway in some places (especially the lower canyon) and has made it west as far as Upper Narrows. Could well be to Dutch George by tomorrow. Crews are using selective firing operations to tie things in to the highway to secure things as spots across the river would be a bad thing. To the west, they're prepping the Pingree Park Road for possible firing and holding should the fire make it that far (which is likely).

Be prepared for a very different-looking canyon next time you get back up there. There has been a lot of fire to the south, and it will be in a state of regrowth and change for many years.


Kelly Close
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Old 06-15-2012   #22
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Thanks for the photos. What a season for the Poudre Canyon! Such a special place undergoing a great deal of change.

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Old 06-15-2012   #23
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Thanks Randy. Good to see so many buildings intact. I was worried that poudre park was in real bad shape after looking at some of the fire maps.
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Old 06-15-2012   #24
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Thanks everyone

Thanks to all for providing information and photos. It's nice to see green. Relying on the news has us all thinking the canyon is black and the roads are melted.
Appreciate your efforts and we all can't wait to get back in there.
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Old 06-15-2012   #25
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raftcolorado -

Yes, it's been frustrating to see what's portrayed on the news versus the reality I know from working "on the inside" on local fires in recent weeks. I'm glad I've been in a position to provide some updates from behind the lines. It's a mixed bag of fire intensity up there. Some places got hit hard, some areas are a patchwork, some are unchanged. The south face of the canyon is generally a lower intensity backing fire, and the upper reaches had more intense crown fire runs (more exposed to the wind). In the bigger picture, it's actually good to have a mosaic of burn intensities for landscape health, and you'll all be pleasantly surprised at how fast things recover and how cool it will be to watch the changes the next few years. There - that's my fire ecology lecture for the day.

Funny, the other day, being a local kayaker came in handy on a large wildfire - the helicopter pilot I flew with was from out of the area and trying to get oriented to local landmarks. We picked out a ton of features and locations in the canyon and he loved having that local information on landmarks and features along the river.

I'll do what I can to keep providing information as I get it, but my involvement in the fire may well subside after the weekend. There are a couple of places folks can go to keep up with current information:
InciWeb the Incident Information System: High Park Fire
for information that's updated fairly frequently, and
GeoMac: Communications Consultation, Marketing Strategy and Digital Development
for current perimeters of active fires in Google Earth format.

Hang in there everyone - it's not fun missing the last of the boating days, and actually being up there ("so close, but no") might actually be worse. I'm seriously jonesing. But we'll all get back up there soon enough. Just be ready for a new and different Poudre Canyon (and a very interesting new start).

Kelly Close
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Old 06-15-2012   #26
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Love your optimism.
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Old 06-15-2012   #27
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Oops... that should be, *not* Sorry about that. Click "View Perimeters/View kml" and scroll down to the High Park Fire. This site doesn't work so well with Internet Destroyer, so you may want to try it with Firefox or Chrome.
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Old 06-16-2012   #28
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here's another good, comprehensive site:

pulls in inciweb, LCSO, Geomac, NIFC, and social media info.

thanks all for the updates. i think we all knew (or should have known) this was coming someday, but it's still sad to see it happen.

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