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CNHP staff are getting a close-up view of the High Park fire, which is burning on mostly private land west of town.
The High Park burn area, like much of the Front Range foothills, is covered by extensive tracts of the ponderosa pine ecological system. Although we know that fire is a natural and expected ecological process in this ecosystem, the effects of wildland fires this close to the urban interface can be severe, with serious threats to life and property. Thank you firefighters for your tremendous efforts to control this blaze! Good luck and here's hoping for better weather to come.