High Park Fire

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High Park Fire

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Approximate Location

40.589 latitude, -105.404 longitude

Incident Overview

Photo of final fire perimeter map

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Containment is 100% and the fire is controlled.

SAFETY REMINDER: Recent rains have caused multiple temporary closures of Highway 14 due to rock and mud slides. Along with rock and mud slides, trees are falling throughout the area. This includes live and dead trees. Remember, your safety is your responsibility. An area closure is still in place for recreation in the fire area. Check www.fs.usda.gov/arp or call 970-295-6700 for the latest information regarding closures.


The total number of homes lost from the wildlfire remains at 259. Details of this are available in the assessment article to the right. The number of homes destroyed may still increase as assessments are completed. A recreation residence was lost due to rock and mud slides and falling trees on July 7. This is a residence that is privately owned but permitted to be on National Forest System lands. The Forest Service is currently assessing other recreation residences in the fire area.


Estimated final cost of the fire is $39.2 million.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning On Private Land
Date of OriginSaturday June 09th, 2012 approx. 05:54 AM
Locationappx. 15 miles west of Fort Collins

Current Situation

Size87,284 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Estimated Containment DateSunday July 01st, 2012 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

10 Timber (litter and understory) Grass, Brush, and Timber


Planned Actions

Fire crews continue patrolling the fire perimeter and conducting fireline rehabilitation; “rehab” may reduce impacts (e.g. erosion) from the hand and dozer firelines, roads, trails, staging areas, safety zones, and drop points used during firefighting efforts. Chippers continue to work along roadsides to clean up debris that was cut prior to burn out operations last week.


Acres by ownership: Private: 39,570/State: 5,022/U.S. Forest Service: 42,634/Bureau of Land Management: 28/Bureau of Reclamation: 30. Threat to residences is minimal due to increased fire containment.

Unit Information

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Arapaho & Roosevelt National Forests/Pawnee National Grassland
U.S. Forest Service
2150 Centre Avenue Building E
Fort Collins, CO 80526

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