High Park Fire

June 2012

On June 9th the High Park Fire first ignited by a lightning strike and grew at speeds of 20-40 feet per-minute, grabbing the attention of national news as it consumed 41,140 acres in the first few days. It has been an unusually dry winter and spring, and combining that with beetle kill from the past few years has made Northern Colorado an ideal target for a forest fire. As many of you know, Brayden Automation is located in Northern Colorado where the High Park Fire is continuing to burn just West of Fort Collins, CO. Fortunately, BAC and its employees’ are far from any risk zones. As of Tuesday June 26th, the 87,250 acre High Park Fire has claimed 248 homes as well as the life of a 62 year old woman. About 2,000 firefighters are working in 24-hour shifts and have managed to gain 55% containment. It’s been estimated that the cost of the fire is around $31.5 million.

Colorado companies and residents have pulled together to support both the firefighters and evacuees these past few weeks. The NoCo Rebuilding Network has established an emergency fund to support those who have been affected by the High Park Fire. 100%of the funds will be given to those who have been significantly impacted by the fire and have decided to rebuild sustainably in Larimer County.