Sunday marks the one-year anniversary of the High Park fire northwest of Fort Collins, Colo. The blaze consumed 259 homes in the rural area, but so far only 10 households have finished rebuilding a year later.
As Gary and Martha Lemert sort through photographs from the High Park fire, it takes just one before and after shot to convey the complete devastation of their 10-acre property.
All they had left after the fire was a green roof that looked like it had been melted on top of gray rubble. All told, the Lemerts lost eight buildings, including a garage and a guest house.
Mike Guli works on a Buffalo coat in his studio rebuilt after the High Park Fire.
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This week we’ve been looking at both the property and the people impacted by rebuilding following last June’s High Park Fire. Mike and Sharon Guli were among the first evacuated when the fire broke out Saturday, June 9th.
One of the first agencies on scene of last year's High Park Fire was the Rist Canyon Volunteer Fire Department. The department is credited with saving many homes even as eight of their firefighters lost their own.
Dale and Marilyn Snyder stand next to their guesthouse, which survived the fire. To their right are 4 pieces of silverware that survived the fire. “We were just cleaning up and stuck it in there. There was no place else to put it.”