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