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High Park Fire

This website will contain information relating to the long-term recovery of the High Park and Woodland Heights fire areas. Click on the category of information below to view related documents and links.

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10% Culvert Discount for High Park Burn Area Residents

Big R Bridge in Greeley is offering a 10% discount off list price on corrugated metal pipes (CMP) to be used for drainage culverts in the High Park Fire burn area. Contact Big R for more information on specific prices and available sizes. Freight costs are not included in this discount; pick-up is possible in Greeley.

Big R Bridge
19060 Weld County Road 66, Greeley, CO 80631
1-888-339-1684 or (970) 356-9600.


Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), State Highway 14 Culvert Replacement Project to begin August 2013. Project contact information »

Clean-Up    *Structure debris clean-up deadline is July 30, 2015*

Health

Debris/Landfill

  • Deadline to clean up properties impacted by the High Park Fire is July 30, 2015.
    Generally, if the county receives a complaint about junk and debris on property, staff members are obligated to enforce the County's Rubbish Ordinance and/or Land Use Code for removal of junk and debris upon receipt of the complaint. The commissioners recognize property owners impacted by the High Park Fire may require more time to clean up properties due to a delay in receiving insurance proceeds, or, with no insurance proceeds available, to obtain funds to complete clean-ups. On July 16, 2013, the commissioners approved a three-year period, to and including July 30, 2015, for owners to clean up properties impacted by the High Park Fire. This deadline is consistent with the three-year rebuild program already approved by the commissioners.
  • Household hazardous waste disposal
  • Debris disposal guidance
  • Wildfire recovery guidance for cleanup of damaged or destroyed buildings

Water/Septic/Smoke

Fire Data/Maps/Reports

Property Tax

ReBuilding/Structures/Building Permit Record

Land Restoration

Erosion Control

Sediment Control Fact Sheets

Forestry

Community and Other Resources

County Services

Flood Risk and Mitigation

Wildfires can greatly increase the risk of flooding, mudflows and landslides in burn areas and drainage basins impacted by fire. For the next number of years, substantially increased flood peaks, flow volumes, sediment transport and stream channel destabilization are expected even in minor rain events and outside expected drainage paths. It is important for property owners to understand the change in condition, and take action if necessary.

Free Filled Sandbags for High Park Fire burn area residents

Larimer County, in conjunction with a grant from the Red Cross, is providing free, filled sandbags to residents affected by post-fire flooding. Filled sandbags are provided at central community locations in coordination with local volunteer fire departments. Sandbags are available on a first-come first-serve basis for as long as citizens request supplies and grant funds are available. Please contact your fire department if you are in need of sandbags. Property owners are encouraged to consult www.larimercounty.org/highparkfire under "Flood Risk and Mitigation" for reference material on how to effectively place sandbags.

Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Reports and Analysis

This report was completed in October 2012 and developed estimates of peak discharges that could be produced from different rainstorm events within the burn area drainage basins. These changes in discharge are an indication of increased flood hazard potential. The report is technical in nature, but results show that runoff can be 4-10 times greater due to the High Park Fire. Appendix A includes maps of many of the individual drainage basins and a chart for each basin comparing pre- and post- fire flowrates at various locations in each basin.

Appendix A - Predicted High Park Flood Response for individual Basins October 2012 (size: about 5.5 MB each)

Poster: increased Flood Potential of Streams Draining the High Park Fire September 2012 (size: 3.3 MB)

Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Mitigation Reports

The NRCS completed detailed reports which have identified areas that may benefit from additional mitigation efforts. The report includes recommendations and considerations specific to private property within the burn area. This information is useful to property owners in order to plan for the placement of sandbags, blocks and other flood mitigation recommendations.

United States Geological Survey (USGS) Report

This report, completed in July 2012 was a preliminary assessment of the debris flow hazards within the drainage network within the burn area. The report provides estimates of the percent probability and volume of debris flow for a 10-year storm event generating 1.5 inches of rain in a one-hour time period. The results indicate a potential for substantial debris-flow impacts on structures, roads, bridges, and culverts located within, and immediately downstream, from the burned area. Results are summarized in Table 1 on page 8 of the report and are graphically shown on page 10 and 11. (Note: this report analyzes debris flow within 3 years after a fire and does not evaluate the hazards from flash floods without debris flow, which may remain for many years after a fire.)

Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Report

This is an interagency report completed just after the fire that summarizes watershed information, areas of concern, values at risk and proposed immediate treatment measures.

Potential Inundation Mapping

Larimer County contracted with a local engineering firm to prepare inundation mapping for Rist Creek and the Mill Creek/Bellvue areas. This mapping was prepared using high quality topography obtained after the fire and represents a qualitative assessment of what the flood conditions could look like during a 2-year, 10-year, 25-year or 100-year post-fire storm event.

Falls Gulch Flood Risk

The NRCS completed a detailed study specific to Falls Gulch which identified the post-fire estimated water surface elevation along the reach of the gulch during different magnitudes of storms. The report includes detailed cross-sections along the reach that graphically show the expected elevation of the stormwater compared to the location of existing structures. This information is useful to property owners in order to plan for the placement of any new structures and help plan mitigation efforts to protect properties and existing structures. It is recommended that all new structures are placed such that the lowest opening is set above the 'energy grade' (or E.G.) elevation in the tables.

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Volunteer Opportunities/Volunteers Needed

    The individuals and organizations volunteering for projects listed on this website are not recruited, screened, reviewed or supervised by Larimer County. Larimer County makes no represenations about the qualfiications of the volunteers. All volunteers are responsible for their own conduct and injuries and release Larimer County, its officers, agents and employees from any claims arising out of volunteer activities. Similarly, those benefiting from volunteer activities are responsible for their own selection and acceptance of volunteer services and release Larimer County, its officers, agents and employees from any claims arising out of volunteer services.

    Volunteers making a difference: Visit the HighParkFireRestoration.org website This site has been created by community members to assist in the restoration resulting from the affects of the High Park Fire of 2012. Information and work events and opportunities updated regularly. All who wish to assist in this important community building effort are welcome. Visit the website for contact information.


    Please send your information for "Volunteer Opportunities" or "Volunteers Needed" to:
    Suzanne Bassinger, Recovery Manager
    Include contact information: contact person, phone and email address.
    We make every effort to post announcements as soon as possible, but allow several days once the post is approved.

Contact Information

Suzanne Bassinger, Recovery Manager, bassinsc@co.larimer.co.us, (970) 498-7148