Jul 13 2012

Cache la Poudre Ash Debris Flows

Through most of June the High Park Fire burned 87, 284 acres near Fort Collins, CO.  It was the second largest fire in Colorado’s history and the second most destructive based on the amount of structures destroyed.  The fire was 100% contained as of June 30th.

Within a week of being contained, large parts of Colorado started to receive a significant (for us) amount of rain.  Some of the storms parked right over the burn area.  While rain was welcom and needed, it resulted in mudslides and subsequent road closures on Hwy. 14 through Poudre Canyon.  Most of the runoff from the burn area drains into the Poudre River which began running black and muddy.

High Park Fire Rain

Below are a few videos showing what the river has looked like since the rain.  The second video even captured a mudslide in action.  It will be interesting to see how this canyon changes over time as this continues to happen until some significant vegetation can get established to help with erosion control.

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And some more video from a rafting guide’s perspective.

Love That Dirty Water from Gregg Thomas on Vimeo.

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