Tuesday, July 3, 2012

A Resource Saved

Watching the flames run down the hillside into Lory State Park three weeks ago, I feared for the worst.  While the devastation of the now contained High Park Fire will never be forgotten, at least our wonderful trails within Lory State Park remain.  In fact the Timber Trail served as the fire break with no burn ever crossing it.  Great work firefighters!

For about the mile leading up to the Timber and Kimmons Trail junction, burnt grass and shrubs border the trail.

The burn doesn't hit the trail again until near the top of the climb in the forest approaching the Westridge Trail junction.  Only about a quarter mile section of trail up there.

The fire retardant leaves a nice reddish tint (and odd smell) for now in places, but will only be temporary.  The stuff seemed to work.  While the same can't be said for some 87,000 acres, the landscape within Lory State Park and its neighbor Horsetooth Mountain remain almost entirely the same.

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