NOVEMBER 15, 2016: High Park Fire Post-Fire Science Restoration & Research Workshop. The Coalition for the Poudre River Watershed hosted this one day workshop at the North Aztlan Community Center in Fort Collins, Colorado. The workshop was designed for natural resource managers, restoration practitioners, water utility staff, researchers interested in wildfires and post-fire ecology and impacts. It discussed transmission of key research findings from work done in the High Park Fire (and regionally) on key topics, implications for post fire restoration management decision making and identification of barriers to rehab/restoration action & knowledge gaps. Researchers from Rocky Mountain Research Station, CSU, and other regional institutions presented results from their work since the High Park Fire.
On June 9, 2012, a lightning strike sparked a wildfire in the mountains west of Fort Collins, Colorado, burning into the Roosevelt National Forest. The High Park fire burned over 87,000 acres and remains the third largest fire in recorded Colorado history, with more than 250 homes destroyed.