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Learn from the Burn: The High Park Fire 5 years later

Pages Posted on: June 12, 2017
The 2012 High Park Fire that occurred near Fort Collins, CO was particularly severe with nearly half of the total burn area being classified as high and moderate burn severity. This 85,000-acre wildfire caused extensive property damage, loss of life, and severe impacts to the water quality of the Poudre River. This Bulletin highlights what has been learned by RMRS scientists and collaborators about the response to the High Park fire including fire effects, treatment area prioritization, and postfire treatments (multiple mulch treatments, seeding). We also discuss the latest available online postfire treatment planning tools.

Learn from the burn: The High Park Fire 5 years later

Publications Posted on: June 09, 2017
It has been 5 years since the High Park Fire burned over 85,000 acres in Northern Colorado, causing extensive property damage, loss of life, and severe impacts to the water quality of the Poudre River. In the fall of 2016, a conference was organized by the USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station and the Coalition for the Poudre River Watershed to discuss what has been learned about our response to the fire.

Stream water quality concerns linger long after the smoke clears - learning from Front Range wildfires

Documents and Media Posted on: April 07, 2017
Large, high-severity wildfires alter the ecological processes that determine how watersheds retain and release nutrients and affect stream water quality. These changes usually abate a few years after a fire, but recent studies indicate they may persist longer than previously expected. Wildfires are a natural disturbance agent, but due to the increased frequency and extent of high-severity wildfires predicted for western North America, it is important to better understand their consequences on surface water. Document Type: Other Documents

Stream water quality after a fire

Projects Posted on: April 07, 2017
Wildland fires in the arid west create a cause for concern for many inhabitants and an area of interest for researchers. Wildfires dramatically change watersheds, yielding floods and debris flows that endanger water supplies, human lives, and valuable fish habitats.