High Park Fire
Jon Burch Photography
Photograph - Digital Capture/digital Painting
Fifteen days after it began on June 9, 2012 the High Park Fire northwest of Ft. Collins is still going. Over 75,000 acres of mountain property has been consumed with numerous structures burned.
The High Park fire was a wildfire in the mountains west of Fort Collins in Larimer County, Colorado. It was caused by a lightning strike and was first detected on the morning of June 9, 2012. It was declared 100 percent contained on June 30, 2012, and all associated evacuation orders were lifted. A 62-year-old woman was killed in the fire.
Fixed-wing air tanker support to fight this fire was staged at Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport. Over 2,000 firefighters fought this fire, along with 19 helicopters and five tanker planes. Fighting the fire cost over $31.5 million.
The High Park fire burned over 136 square miles, becoming the second-largest fire in recorded Colorado history by area burned, after the Hayman Fire of 2002. The HP fire destroyed at least 259 homes, surpassing the number consumed by the 2010 Four Mile Canyon fire southwest of Colorado Springs.
This became the most destructive fire in Colorado history, in terms of the number of houses burned, but was surpassed about a week later by the Waldo Canyon fire, this time in Colorado Springs.
The original photograph was made on a Canon t3i camera.
Photograph copyright Jon Burch Photography
April 14th, 2013
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