Colorado High Park Wildfire

Real Estate Broker/Owner with New Paradigm Partners LLC EB #1326335

Late yesterday morning, we noticed the first plume of smoke directly west of us up in the mountains - always an unwelcome sight this time of year, but an expected one with the high temperatures, low humidity, little recent rainfall and high winds. Within a couple of hours, it was obvious that it was going to be a big one.

High Park CO Wildfire June 9 2012

As of this morning, the fire had burned over 8,000 acres, destroyed 18 homes, and forced the evacuation of over 1600 people. It's currently 0% contained - this is very difficult terrain for the firefighters - very steep, heavily wooded and hard to access.

I was up at around 3AM this morning and when I looked out, I could see a huge red glow lighting the smoke plume from beyond the foothills. It looked like Mordor in Lord of the Rings.

And this morning, the smell of smoke was very strong, and the view to the west was totally obscured by the smoke plume. This is going to be a bad one - this area to the west of Fort Collins has many homes.

High Park CO Wildfire June 10 2012

Posted by
Mary & Dick

Mary & Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC
2601 S. Lemay Ave. #41
Fort Collins, CO 80525


Data Source: IRES MLS

Comments (39)

David Shamansky
US Mortgages - David Shamansky - Highlands Ranch, CO
Creative, Aggressive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtg

Hey Dick I just wrote a blog on this. How close are you to this?

Jun 10, 2012 08:44 AM
Cindy Jones
Integrity Real Estate Group - Woodbridge, VA
Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News

Dick stay safe.  Even the smell of the smoke can be scary.  Hope they can start to get this contained soon.

Jun 10, 2012 09:28 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hi Dick,  I can now believe how fast it is grown over night.  I hope they get a handle on it soon.  Stay inside.

Jun 10, 2012 10:53 AM
Donna Quinlan
Keller Williams Realty - Newburyport, MA
Keller Williams Realtor & Career Consultant

Those are prettiy amazing photos! I see news clips of fires in various parts of the country, but in New England we have more of a problem with flooding from coastal storms. Your blog and photos make it more realistic. I'm glad yoiur ok, and hope they get the fires contained. 

Jun 10, 2012 11:09 AM
Suzanne McLaughlin
Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael) - Saint Michael, MN
Sabinske & Associates, Realtor

Dick, I know you well enough to know that you are a very prudent man...but nevertheless I will be concerned for you, Mary, your pets, your home and your new guests.  Take care...I will be thinking about you over the course of this.

And, please keep us updated as you can.

Jun 10, 2012 11:21 AM
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

Dick - I hope that you are safe and that things get under control very soon.  Keep us posted.  You are in my thoughts.

Jun 10, 2012 11:37 AM
Cheryl Thomson REALTOR Army Ret
United Real Estate (703.216.5635) - Prince William, VA
Associate Broker in Northern Virginia

Dick.  Stay safe!

Jun 10, 2012 12:11 PM
Ira Bodenstein
PNC Mortgage - Montclair, NJ
NMLS#: 445143


Hope you stay safe and this is contained quickly.  Haven't heard anything of this fire yet here on the east coast, but probably will soon.

Jun 10, 2012 12:17 PM
Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL

Dick, we were having many wildfires until it started raining a few weeks ago. We went through a terrible summer of fires in 1997 and I know exactly what you are talking about when you say evacuations and people losing homes. It is terrible. Sending prayers your way that it is under control and that the winds die down.



Jun 10, 2012 01:12 PM
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTORĀ®, EcoBroker, GREEN

It's a helpless feeling when smoke is in the air.  Hope they accomplish some sort of containment soon!

Jun 10, 2012 01:23 PM
Jerry Newman
Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, - San Antonio, TX
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation

Hi Dick. These fires are never good to hear about since they destroy so much in its path. I trust it will get under control soon, since you are very close to it. I trust all is well with you and Mary. I remember how bad our Texas wildfires were last year. Many homes were lost then too. Stay Safe and Be Careful!

Jun 10, 2012 01:57 PM
Lloyd Binen
Certified Realty Services - Saratoga, CA
Silicon Valley Realtor since 1976; 408-373-4411

Whoa.  Your photos show the enormity of that fire.  It looks horrific.  Let's pray for the best.  Stay inside, if possible, and avoid breathing smokey air.  Any rain forecast?

Jun 10, 2012 03:49 PM
Jordon Wheeler
The Jordon Wheeler Group - Fairburn, GA
J W Group Real Estate Sales and Service

Hey Dick,

My prayers go out to you all for rain today and much needed relief from the wild fires.  

Jun 10, 2012 05:40 PM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Good Morning Dick, I hope and pray for the best for you and everyone affected by the fire. The Today show lead off with a story about your area today. You will be on our minds...

Jun 10, 2012 10:54 PM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Dick, I hope they can get this one under control. Stay safe!

Jun 10, 2012 11:06 PM
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Dick, thanks for the update. I wondered how your area was doing.

Jun 11, 2012 12:44 AM
Mary Elizabeth Allen
Lake Monticello, VA

Dick, thank you so much for sharing the photos and updates with us, but most importantly, stay safe! I'll be crossing my fingers that the wind and weather cooperate so the firefighters can start getting this monster under control.

Jun 11, 2012 01:57 AM
Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

That's such a terrible thing, Dick. I hope things are getting better and they have started some sort of control. Stay safe.

Jun 11, 2012 09:40 PM
Andrew Capelli
Hoover Elementary - Hazel Park, MI

Dick: The pictures are impressive, if scary because of the implications.  We recently had wildfires here in Michigan, in the Upper Peninsula.  I hope they are able to start containing the fires there in Colorado- Thanks for sharing, and good luck- Stay safe!

Jun 12, 2012 03:33 AM
Kevin A. Guttman-Author, ReverseMortgageSpecialist
NMLS #384936 - Colorado Springs, CO

This fire is so sad for many families.

The other day we couldn't even see Pike's Peak in Co Springs, 2+ hours south of the fire.

Praying for all these families and fire fighters.


Jun 13, 2012 05:18 AM