High Park Fire
People living in Rist Canyon near the High Park burn area are cleaning up after mudslides left a mess.
A public-private partnership aimed at thinning out vegetation that could fuel catastrophic wildfires that threaten water supplies and hydroelectric facilities was announced on Friday by federal officials.
Two mudslides that blocked Poudre Canyon on Thursday afternoon were cleared within the hour.
A new mitigation project near Rist Canyon west of Fort Collins is already paying off. The project is pushing heavy rainfall off the road.
Parts of the Poudre Canyon were closed Saturday as crews cleaned up debris from two big mudslides Friday night.
There has been some flooding in the High Park burn area after about one-half an inch of rain fell Friday afternoon.
People in Poudre Park are still rebuilding from the High Park Fire that started exactly one year ago.
Embers swirled above Poudre Park during a wildfire so big and so close that people could hear it, smell it and feel it.
Nothing beats the glow of a campfire, especially at night. But last year with a fire ban in place, having a campfire meant campers could be fined hundreds of dollars or more. Fortunately, this is not last year.
Fire crews are taking advantage of this week’s rainy and low fire danger to prepare for this year’s fire season.