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

Author(s): Charles C. Rhoades, Peter R. Robichaud, Sandra E. Ryan, Jen Kovecses, Carl Chambers, Sara Rathburn, Jared Heath, Stephanie Kampf, Codie Wilson, Dan Brogan, Brad Piehl, Mary Ellen Miller, John Giordanengo, Erin Berryman, Monique E. Rocca
Year Published: 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. Topics covered (and discussed in this article) included how treatment areas were prioritized; the main effects of the High Park fire; the effectiveness of postfire treatments, and where to find the most recent postfire treatment planning tools online.

Citation: Rhoades C, Robichaud P, Ryan S, et. al. 2017. Learn from the Burn: The High Park Fire 5 Years Later. Rocky Mountain Research Station Science You Can Use Bulletin 25 (May/June 2017), 18 p.
Topic(s): Fire Communication & Education, Public Perspectives of Fire Management, Fire Ecology, Fire Effects, Ecological - First Order, Ecological - Second Order, Wildland Urban Interface
Ecosystem(s): None
Document Type: Research Brief or Fact Sheet
NRFSN number: 16520
Record updated: Jan 31, 2018