High Park Fire Update – Day 15

Hi everyone,

For those of you who have been following my posts on the fire in our area, I wanted to send out a quick update today. The fire has moved North, away from our home and away from the home of one of my close friends and clients in a nearby canyon, but it is still blazing and has burned several more homes in the Poudre River Canyon area. The count is now close to 200 structures destroyed.

Firefighters had been able to get a handle on containment last week with cooler weather and less wind – 60%. Then, the winds picked up yesterday afternoon and the fire raged out of control again in an area where there are many homes. Containment has now gone down to 45%. Firefighters had to be pulled out of their positions in protecting structures for their own safety. Many people now have been evacuated, allowed to return home and reevacuated as the fire moves around. Its erratic  behavior seems almost human in its determination to destroy structures in its way.

A report on Twitter from the media briefing last night quoted a veteran firefighter who said they hadn’t seen fire behavior like this in many years. Acreage burned is now close to 70,000 the second largest in Colorado history. For many reasons, (obviously) I wish I could report better news, but as I’ve said in earlier posts, we’re dealing with nature here. And also contrast is simply a part of life…Still, the very good news, evacuations have saved lives, and the firefighters have also remained safe.



8 comments on “High Park Fire Update – Day 15

  1. I’m glad to hear the good news about this, although I’m also disappointed that there’s less containment now and that there’s been so much more destruction. Thinking of you!


  2. Cathy Ulrich says:

    Thank you, MW! It really helps. Namaste. – Cathy


  3. Gina's Professions for PEACE says:

    So sad that it’s insistent to hover around 50%! And my brother had to be pulled away home due to imminent flooding and the need to evacuate his own home in the southwest! A rough summer for many, but our prayers continue. So glad you and Peter are remaining safe in a more treeless area. Love and Hugs, Gina


  4. Cathy Ulrich says:

    It’s now at 65% – and the incident commander was quoted as saying that she’s very optimistic that they’ll have it mostly contained in the next week! Very good news. And I’m so sorry that your brother is now dealing with floods – and in the Southwest, no less! Very strange summer, indeed! Sending prayers his way. Love, Cathy


  5. russtowne says:

    I’m glad to hear that you and your loved ones are safe, Cathy! And the firefighters too!



    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Thanks so much, Russ. The containment for the fire has now gone up to 65% and we’re fine. I’ve heard over the last few days that pretty much everyone I know personally who lives in the fire zone has been notified that their home is still standing! Pretty amazing really! I love it when you stop by, and I so appreciate your willingness to read past posts. Makes me smile! Thanks so much for all the “likes.” Hugs, Cathy


  6. I think it’s going to be a long fire season West of the Mississippi.


    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      I agree, Russel. The one here is now 95% contained and most people have been allowed to return to their properties. The one that is really a threat, right now, is the one in Colorado Springs. Yes, is suspect it is going to be a long fire season…


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