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Remembering Tragedy, Celebrating Community

Produced for the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado, this video recalls the tragic nature of the Larimer County Fires, but celebrates how the community came together to help the victims of the fire and the importance of continued restoration efforts.
The High Park fire was a wildfire in the mountains west of Fort Collins in Larimer County, Colorado, USA. It was caused by a lightning strike and was first detected on the morning of June 9, 2012. It was declared 100 percent contained on June 30, 2012, and all associated evacuation orders were lifted. A 62-year-old woman was killed in the fire The High Park fire burned over 87,284 acres, becoming the third-largest fire in recorded Colorado history by area burned, after the Black Forest Fire of 2013. It destroyed at least 259 homes, compared to the Black Forest Fire with a number of 511 houses. surpassing the number consumed by the 2010 Fourmile Canyon fire. The High Park fire became the third most destructive fire in Colorado history, in terms of the number of houses burned, but was surpassed about a week later by the Waldo Canyon fire.