U.S. Forest Service


Thu July 19, 2012

High Park Fire BAER Team Releases Report

Spot fires erupt in the High Park Fire burn zone June 27th, 2012
USDA CreativeCommons/Flickr

The High Park Fire Burned Area Emergency Response – or BAER team has released a treatment plan for restoring the more than 87-thousand acres that burned last month northwest of Fort Collins. 

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Mon July 9, 2012

Heavy Rain Hampers High Park Burn Area Emergency Response Team

The High Park Fire burn zone is very susceptible to flash flooding and mudslides.
Dave Dennis KUNC

A Burn Area Emergency Response Team has been gathering information and conducting field observations to determine how to reduce the natural impacts from the High Park Fire.

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Fri June 29, 2012

Entire MAFFS C-130 Fleet Activated To Fight Western Wildfires

A MAFFS C130 drops its payload over the Waldo Canyon Fire.
The National Guard Flickr - Creative Commons

The US Forest Service has mobilized four additional military C130’s to assist with wildfire suppression efforts in Colorado bringing the entire fleet into service. The last time all eight of the specially equipped planes were activated was 4 years ago.

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Wed June 27, 2012

The High Park Fire Base Camp: A Respite From The Blaze

One of the many Incident Command tents which dot the High Park Fire base camp.
Nathan Heffel KUNC

After the start of the High Park Fire, the population of Ft. Collins jumped by nearly 2,000 as firefighters and support staff from around the country set up camp on the northwestern edge of town.

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Tue June 26, 2012

Forest Service Chief Says There's Enough Resources to Fight Wildfires

Tom Tidwell
U.S. Forest Service
  • Tom Tidwell speaks to CPR's Mike Lamp about this year's fire season.

Fire fighters with the U.S. Forest Service are currently on the front lines of thousands of wildfires burning in Colorado and across the country. In fact there are between 100 and 150 new starts each day. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell is the man overseeing the firefighting efforts.

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