High Park Fire


Fri June 15, 2012

High Park Fire: 181 Homes Confirmed Destroyed [Updated]

The High Park fire as seen on Monday, June 11th.

The Larimer County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that 181 homes have been destroyed by the High Park fire that started last Saturday.

Read more


Fri June 15, 2012

What Fire? Colorado Open for Business

Welcome to Colorado sign as seen from Nebraska
Napa Wikimedia Commons

Image is everything. And this past week the national image of Colorado has been one of dark plumes of smoke and bright red and orange flames leaping into the air from the High Park Fire.

Read more


Thu June 14, 2012
Wildfire Science

What's So Great About Red Slurry?

Fire retardant slurry shoots out of a C-130 Hercules aircraft over a fire in California.
U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Master Sgt. Dennis Martin US Forest Service/Public Domain
  • KUNC's Nathan Heffel interviews Bernie Post, technical representative with Phos-Check of Ontario, California.

As of 6pm Wednesday, air tankers flying out of the JeffCo tanker base had dropped 58,557 gallons of retardant on the High Park Fire. So what is the red stuff falling out of the planes? How does it work?

Read more


Thu June 14, 2012

High Park Fire: Day 6 Updates

Some of the burn area inside of the High Park Fire zone. This photo was taken on June 12th.
Dave Dennis KUNC

Editor's NoteThe High Park Fire started on Saturday, June 9th. Winds and high temperatures helped the fire rapidly spread. The blaze has grown from an initial 8,000 acres by the end of Saturday to an announced 52,000 acres by the end of Thursday. You can review our timeline of the fire in the High Park Fire archive.

Read more


Thu June 14, 2012

Red Cross Provides Help to High Park Fire Victims

American Red Cross
  • Colorado Public Radio's Pat Mack speaks to Red Cross counselor Marlene Husson about how the agency is helping victims of the High Park fire.

There’s still no exact word on just how many homes have been impacted by the High Park fire west of Fort Collins. Mental health counselors from the Red Cross have been on hand this week at the evacuation center at The Ranch in Loveland.

Read more