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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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 (see attached map). The following link is to the CDOT website, and provides project contact information: http://www.coloradodot.info/projects/sh14corridor/high-park
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
Additional analysis is underway. Check back often as studies will be posted when complete.
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.
Restoration projects: Visit Wildlands Restoration Volunteers (WRV) to see volunteer opportunities coming up for the 2013 restoration season! www.wlrv.org
Wildlands Restoration Volunteers (WRV) is recruiting volunteers to help out with post-fire restoration from the High Park Fire. Our projects generally involve spreading native grass seeds, moving bales of mulch, distributing mulch on the ground, and installing erosion control structures. No experience is necessary but participants must be older than 16.
Rist Canyon and High Park Fire Volunteer Restoration Projects
Good news - Larimer County will be aerial mulching large parts of Rist Canyon to help control post-fire erosion and runoff! The bad news is that we have to change our project schedule to finish seeding and installing wattles before the aerial mulching begins in mid-September.
We have added three new dates to our calendar (see below). By seeding and installing wattles, we can greatly increase the effectiveness of the aerial mulch. But obviously we have to get it done before the helicopters come out!
Visit www.wlrv.org to register.
If having fun while giving back is not enough incentive to volunteer, here is one more good reason to volunteer—the Mishawaka has offered two free concert tickets to everyone who volunteers on a WRV project in the Poudre River watershed. All of the WRV fire projects count! The more you volunteer, the more tickets you get.
Post-Fire Crew Leader Training
There is still plenty of space in the Post-Fire Crew Leader Training on September 8, 2013. If interested, register at www.wlrv.org.
Once you register, you will be sent specific directions and project details three to four days before the scheduled event. If you have additional questions, email Jen at email@example.com or (970) 493-2075.
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.
Suzanne Bassinger, Recovery Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org, (970) 498-7148