High Park Fire
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.
The Colorado Senate gave initial approval to establishing a state firefighting fleet to supplement a fleet managed by the federal government, even though lawmakers have not allocated money for it.
A leaner U.S. Forest Service is preparing for another busy wildfire season.