High Park Fire – Day 3

Smoke from the High Park Fire, June 11

Woke up to an eerie calm this morning. I think I used that word in my last post. It’s not one I employ often, but it seems appropriate again today. No wind and no sound of cars nearby.

While we’re not being evacuated, the main road that we use to get to our home was closed last night around 7 p.m. I hoping to be able to get back in when I come home from work tonight – and I have a full day at the office – seven clients.

We live just on the edge of the foothills overlooking Fort Collins. Not many trees around us and very little to burn on our house, but still. Until five years ago, we had a cedar shake roof – perfect combustible material (we’re not the ones who built this house). So, being concerned about just this kind of situation, we spent the big bucks and had a stone-coated steel roof put on. At this point, I’m so glad we did.

When the road closed last night, Peter and I decided to pack some things in case we got the call to leave. The cat carrier is in the car so as not to freak out the cats. They hate their visits to the vet. We got clothes ready, and put important papers and valuables in the fireproof safe.

I just signed up for Twitter for the first time this week…can’t believe how valuable it has been. Seems like it is the best place for breaking news. The Larimer Sheriff’s department has been phenomenal in Tweeting information @LarimerSheriff. And you can follow the details at #HighParkFire if you’re interested. The news this morning is 37,000 acres burned as of last night and all in areas where people live…I can’t help but feel sad today. Hopefully with the wind down, firefighting efforts can succeed!


10 comments on “High Park Fire – Day 3

  1. zari says:

    sweet heart I have been sending you light of protection and my love. please let me know if there is anything that I can do. with love zari


  2. Thinking of you Cathy.


  3. russtowne says:

    I’m sorry that you and your family may be at risk, Cathy. Please know that you are in my thoughts and I hope that you and all your loved ones remain safe.


    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Thank you, Russ. The winds were much less today and while the authorities say that there is still 0% containment, it didn’t grow nearly as much today. Gaia be praised! Cathy


  4. Yikes. Please be careful! Sending good thoughts to you, Peter and the animals that you all remain safe.


    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Thank you, MW. The thing about which I’ve been most impressed is the forward thinking of our local Sheriff’s Department and the management team. Their priority has been to evacuate areas and save lives and I think they have done that admirably. It’s really quiet here tonight, which also helps. The wind has been a big factor in the rapid spread of the fire and it was cooler and much more still today. So far, we’re doing fine. Love, Cathy


  5. I can understand that “eerie” feeling you describe in your message. It’s like the calm before the storm. I experience that feeling when Hurricane Katrina hit Mississippi. I hope all is well and you and your family remain safe.


    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Thank you! We are well and the fire is now 55% contained. It is no longer much of a threat on our side, although it still is burning on the western side and still threatening homes there. And I can only imagine what it must have been like to await the arrival of Hurricane Katrina…-Cathy


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