Continuing coverage of spring and summer 2012 wildfires in Larimer County that destroyed 259 homes and charred over 95,000 acres of forest.

Boaters on Terry Lake north of Fort Collins enjoy a cool evening of fishing June 9 as the plume from the High Park Fire, at over 3,000 acres and growing fast, partially blocks the setting sun. A collection of the best images of three major spring and summer 2012 wildfires in Larimer County can be found here.

• High Park Fire - Started by lightning on June 9, 2012, about 12 miles northwest of Fort Collins. One fatality, 87,284 acres burned, 259 homes destroyed. Cost to fight: $31.5 million.
- Main story and timeline: The rise and rise of the High Park Fire (July 1, 2012)
– Follow-up: Rising from the ashes (Aug. 1, 2012)
– Follow-up: After High Park, the rebuilding begins (Aug. 1, 2012)
– Follow-up: High Park insurance hassles mount (Sept. 1, 2012)
– Follow-up: Little money available to rebuild private roads after fire (Oct. 1, 2012)
– Follow-up: High Park Fire debris: Pack it out, don’t bury it (Nov. 1, 2012)
– Follow-up: Surviving the holidays; Larimer County reaches out to survivors (Dec. 1, 2012)
– Storify: North Forty’s social media coverage of High Park Fire
– Searchable database: Homes lost in the High Park Fire
– Panorama: High Park Fire moves toward Bellvue
– Panorama: 360-degree view of the High Park Fire in Poudre Canyon
– Map: High Park Fire progression map (June 9 – June 23)
– Map: Structures impacted by High Park Fire (4.9 Mb, PDF)
– Print edition PDF: Coverage of High Park from July, 2012
– Print edition PDF: Coverage of High Park from August, 2012
– Photo gallery: High Park Fire
– Photo gallery: After the High Park Fire
– Photo gallery: Edited gallery from all three wildfires
– Archive: Complete High Park Fire coverage

• Hewlett Fire - Started by errant camper on May 14 in Poudre Canyon. 7,685 acres, no structures lost. Cost to fight: $3.2 million.
- Main story and timeline: Anatomy of a forest fire (June 1, 2012)
– Storify: North Forty’s social media coverage of Hewlett Fire
– Print edition PDF: Coverage of Hewlett Gulch from June, 2012
– Photo gallery: Hewlett Gulch Fire
– Archive: Complete Hewlett Gulch coverage

• Stuart Hole Fire - Started by lightning on June 4 about 30 miles northwest of Fort Collins. 227 acres, no structures lost. Cost to fight: $324,000.
- Storify: North Forty’s social media coverage of Stuart Hole Fire
– Photo gallery: Stuart Hole Fire
– Archive: Complete Stuart Hole coverage

• How you can help - Local volunteer firefighters are wildfire first-responders and provide structure protection once command is handed over to Incident Management Teams. Rist Canyon VFD is an all-volunteer and non-taxpayer supported organization. Most others are tax-supported districts but rely on community donations to keep the departments equipped with the latest firefighting apparatus.

Rist Canyon Volunteer Fire Department
Poudre Canyon Fire Protection District
Livermore Fire Protection District
Glacier View Meadows Fire Protection District