Monday, June 18, 2012

Help for fire victims in Colorado

A good friend from Ft. Collins writes about the current wildfires going on there.  A map is shown above.  Here's the latest formal description from yesterday:

The High Park Fire is located approximately 15 miles west of Fort Collins and has burned 56,480 acres to date and is estimated 45 percent contained. 1748 personnel are working on the fire with a 24-hour schedule with night shifts and day shifts. Steep terrain, limited access, and the presence of dense stands of beetle killed trees to the west of the fire area are of concern to fire officials. Emphasis is on structure protection throughout the fire area. Fire activity increased with the winds this afternoon.

The friend writes:

I hope you will consider making a financial contribution to help the people affected by this disaster. Below is some info on a group that will help people rebuild their homes, with an emphasis on sustainability, in the months & years to come. 100% of all funds raised will stay in Larimer County helping people. This is REALLY important as all other disaster organizations (Red Cross, United Way, FEMA)  provide only temporary assistance and little to no financial support.  If you are in a position to financially make a contribution, I highly suggest this avenue. Thank you in advance and pray for rain.

The NoCo Rebuilding Network has established an emergency fund to support community members directly affected by the High Park Fire. They are in critical need of financial support.  100% of the funds collected will be allocated to those whose homes have been significantly impacted by the fire and decide to sustainably rebuild in Larimer County.  The full extent of the devastation caused by this fire is yet unknown. 181 homes have been lost to date and families are in need of help.  We want to be certain that there are funds available locally that can be dispersed for the recovery efforts. To donate online, visit

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