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).