This website will contain information relating to the long-term recovery of the High Park &Woodland Heights Fire areas. Click on the category of information below to view related documents and links.
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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.
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)
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.
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: Please visit Wildlands Restoration Volunteers (WRV) to see volunteer opportunities coming up for the 2013 restoration season! www.wlrv.org
WRV LIST OF UPCOMING OPPORTUNITIES:
Staging means we will be moving materials around a project site before a project day. Restoration means we will be either seeding, mulching, or installing erosion control structures.
Wednesday, May 15th: staging & restoration in Rist Canyon
Thursday, May 23rd: restoration in Stove Prairie
Thursday, May 30th: staging
Saturday, June 1st: restoration project
Thursday, June 20th: staging
Saturday, July 13th: Our second post-fire crew leader training of 2013
If you have an SUV or 4x4 that you are willing to use to help stage materials, please let me know (heads up - this would mean putting some mulch bales in your vehicle).
Register for any of there projects on our website at www.wlrv.org under Projects & Trainings.
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