The media were allowed a first glimpse of what it looks like inside the High Park Fire burn zone on Wednesday. An escorted caravan along the lower part of the Poudre Canyon—Highway 14—showed charred black and gray hillsides. Perhaps most remarkable was the random path of the fire. As KUNC’s Grace Hood reports, some homes were leveled, while the rest of the block was left standing.
The High Park Fire has consumed an estimated at 68,200 acres as of Wednesday evening. Following our previous picture collection from Buckhorn Mtn., Grace Hood went inside the High Park Fire this afternoon with the media tour and brought back these pictures.
Firefighters expect the cooler weather conditions today to help them gain some ground in the High Park fire effort west of Fort Collins, but the return tomorrow to summer highs may put a damper on their progress.
KUNC's Nathan Heffel speaks with Patrick Rastall, Director of CSU's Pingree Park Mountain Campus.
Colorado State University’s Pingree Park Mountain Campus sits on the western flank of the High Park Fire. Even after official evacuation orders, Pingree Park remains active and has become a remote base or “spike” camp for nearly 200 firefighters.