Fire Resources


A citizen in a burn area near Fort Collins, Colorado prepared an outstanding video that shows the effects of wildfires on flooding and water quality.  This is the best video I have seen out of the High Park Burn Area in the Cache la Poudre River watershed.

To help you all understand our plight, the watershed is about 1,500 square miles of mountain terrain that provides drinking water and irrigation water for 500,000 citizens in Northern Colorado.  Approximately 20% of the watershed was affected by this past summer’s wildfire, which lasted more than 1 month.  When it rains, we cannot draw drinking water from the Poudre River.

The videographer is a resident in the High Park fire burn area, forester/resource analyst by trade.  Brian K. Varrella, P.E., CFM, Floodplain Administrator, Fort Collins Utilities