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High Park and Woodland Heights Fire Long-Term Recovery

This website contains information relating to the long-term recovery of the High Park and Woodland Heights fire areas. Click on the category of information below to view related documents and links.


Public Meetings/Updates/Events/Videos        Now available: Weekly runoff report

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Public Meetings/Updates/Events

  • Final runoff report for 2014
  • Deadlines and Decisions at the two-year High Park and Woodland Heights Fire Anniversary – Insurance and Cleanup
  • Phoenix Rising: Stories of Remarkable Woman Walking Through Fire
    Sunday, June 22, 2014 at 11 a.m.
    Jax Outdoor Gear, Fort Collins

    You are invited to attend Phoenix Rising: Stories of Remarkable Woman Walking Through Fire. Women will be reading stories and poems they have written about their experiences of life after fire. The stories will help you understand the heartbreak people have faced but also inspire you with the incredible lessons they have learned. As we come upon the second year anniversary of the fire come together to honor the strength of these women. Stories and poems are still being accepted, with a 2000 word limit at mlwharton@gmail.com.

    Authors Kristen Moeller and Leslie Aplin Wharton will be organizing this event.
  • Visit the Larimer County Flood 2013 Relief and Recovery website for up-to-date information on flood recovery activities and resources for all areas impacted by the September 2013 flooding, which includes the High Park Fire burn area. Note: This flooding is a separate disaster and will be treated as such!
  • Secure Propane Tanks - *Action recommended*
  • Private Insurance Survey for Future Insurance Reform

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Videos

Roads and Construction

10% Culvert Discount for High Park Burn Area Residents

Big R Bridge in Greeley is offering a 10% discount off list price on corrugated metal pipes (CMP) to be used for drainage culverts in the High Park Fire burn area. Contact Big R for more information on specific prices and available sizes. Freight costs are not included in this discount; pick-up is possible in Greeley.

Big R Bridge
19060 Weld County Road 66, Greeley, CO 80631
1-888-339-1684 or (970) 356-9600.


Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), State Highway 14 Culvert Replacement Project to begin August 2013. Project contact information »

Clean-Up        Structure debris clean-up deadline is July 30, 2015

Health

Debris/Landfill

  • Deadline to clean up properties impacted by the High Park Fire is July 30, 2015.
    Generally, if the county receives a complaint about junk and debris on property, staff members are obligated to enforce the County's Rubbish Ordinance and/or Land Use Code for removal of junk and debris upon receipt of the complaint. The commissioners recognize property owners impacted by the High Park Fire may require more time to clean up properties due to a delay in receiving insurance proceeds, or, with no insurance proceeds available, to obtain funds to complete clean-ups. On July 16, 2013, the commissioners approved a three-year period, to and including July 30, 2015, for owners to clean up properties impacted by the High Park Fire. This deadline is consistent with the three-year rebuild program already approved by the commissioners.
  • Household hazardous waste disposal
  • Debris disposal guidance
  • Wildfire recovery guidance for cleanup of damaged or destroyed buildings

Water/Septic/Smoke

Fire Data/Maps/Reports

Property Tax

ReBuilding/Structures/Building Permit Record

Land Restoration

Erosion Control

Sediment Control Fact Sheets

Forestry

Community and Other Resources

County Services

Flood Risk and Mitigation

Wildfires can greatly increase the risk of flooding, mudflows and landslides in burn areas and drainage basins impacted by fire. For the next number of years, substantially increased flood peaks, flow volumes, sediment transport and stream channel destabilization are expected even in minor rain events and outside expected drainage paths. It is important for property owners to understand the change in condition, and take action if necessary.

Flood protection: Sandbagging

Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Reports and Analysis

This report was completed in October 2012 and developed estimates of peak discharges that could be produced from different rainstorm events within the burn area drainage basins. These changes in discharge are an indication of increased flood hazard potential. The report is technical in nature, but results show that runoff can be 4-10 times greater due to the High Park Fire. Appendix A includes maps of many of the individual drainage basins and a chart for each basin comparing pre- and post- fire flowrates at various locations in each basin.

Appendix A - Predicted High Park Flood Response for individual Basins October 2012 (size: about 5.5 MB each)

Poster: increased Flood Potential of Streams Draining the High Park Fire September 2012 (size: 3.3 MB)

Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Mitigation Reports

The NRCS completed detailed reports which have identified areas that may benefit from additional mitigation efforts. The report includes recommendations and considerations specific to private property within the burn area. This information is useful to property owners in order to plan for the placement of sandbags, blocks and other flood mitigation recommendations.

United States Geological Survey (USGS) Report

This report, completed in July 2012 was a preliminary assessment of the debris flow hazards within the drainage network within the burn area. The report provides estimates of the percent probability and volume of debris flow for a 10-year storm event generating 1.5 inches of rain in a one-hour time period. The results indicate a potential for substantial debris-flow impacts on structures, roads, bridges, and culverts located within, and immediately downstream, from the burned area. Results are summarized in Table 1 on page 8 of the report and are graphically shown on page 10 and 11. (Note: this report analyzes debris flow within 3 years after a fire and does not evaluate the hazards from flash floods without debris flow, which may remain for many years after a fire.)

Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Report

This is an interagency report completed just after the fire that summarizes watershed information, areas of concern, values at risk and proposed immediate treatment measures.

Potential Inundation Mapping

Larimer County contracted with a local engineering firm to prepare inundation mapping for Rist Creek and the Mill Creek/Bellvue areas. This mapping was prepared using high quality topography obtained after the fire and represents a qualitative assessment of what the flood conditions could look like during a 2-year, 10-year, 25-year or 100-year post-fire storm event.

Falls Gulch Flood Risk

The NRCS completed a detailed study specific to Falls Gulch which identified the post-fire estimated water surface elevation along the reach of the gulch during different magnitudes of storms. The report includes detailed cross-sections along the reach that graphically show the expected elevation of the stormwater compared to the location of existing structures. This information is useful to property owners in order to plan for the placement of any new structures and help plan mitigation efforts to protect properties and existing structures. It is recommended that all new structures are placed such that the lowest opening is set above the 'energy grade' (or E.G.) elevation in the tables.

Home Protection

Livestock/Animals

Other State and Federal Information

Volunteer Opportunities/Volunteers Needed

    The individuals and organizations volunteering for projects listed on this website are not recruited, screened, reviewed or supervised by Larimer County. Larimer County makes no represenations about the qualfiications of the volunteers. All volunteers are responsible for their own conduct and injuries and release Larimer County, its officers, agents and employees from any claims arising out of volunteer activities. Similarly, those benefiting from volunteer activities are responsible for their own selection and acceptance of volunteer services and release Larimer County, its officers, agents and employees from any claims arising out of volunteer services.

    Volunteers making a difference: Visit the HighParkFireRestoration.org website This site has been created by community members to assist in the restoration resulting from the affects of the High Park Fire of 2012. Information and work events and opportunities updated regularly. All who wish to assist in this important community building effort are welcome. Visit the website for contact information.

    Volunteers needed every Saturday to fill sandbags

    SERVE 6.8 has partnered with the American Red Cross and Larimer County to fill sandbags for the flood and fire survivors. We need as many volunteers as possible to make as many sandbags as we can to protect our community against spring runoff. Join us at the Ranch, Budweiser Event Center, every Saturday through July 19 (except on May 31) from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. to volunteer and make sandbags. Lunch is provided. Don't forget to bring sun screen, closed toe shoes, and water! Sign up


    Please send your information for "Volunteer Opportunities" or "Volunteers Needed" to:
    Suzanne Bassinger, Recovery Manager
    Include contact information: contact person, phone and email address.
    We make every effort to post announcements as soon as possible, but allow several days once the post is approved.


Contact Information

Suzanne Bassinger, Recovery Manager, bassinsc@co.larimer.co.us, (970) 498-7148