East Troublesome Fire

The East Troublesome Fire began on the Arapaho National Forest near Kremmling, CO, on the afternoon of October 14, 2020. Within three days, the fire had spread to over 10,000 acres and resulted in the evacuation of approximately 90 homes. Between Oct. 20-23, the fire exploded from 18,550 acres to 187,964 acres. Not only did the fire ravage through several rural subdivisions near the town of Grand Lake, it also spread eastward into the Rocky Mountain National Park and crossed the Continental Divide to western edge of Estes Park in Larimer County. As of 11/12/2020, the East Troublesome Fire stood at 193,812 acres in area and 60% containment.  A preliminary estimate suggests that 366 residences and 214 outbuildings and commercial structures were destroyed or damaged. ~Summary from East Troublesome Fire Inciweb webpage

Natural Resources Recovery Resources

A group of local land management, conservation, and goverment agencies is currently seeking opportunities for watershed protection and recovery related to the East Troublesome Fire.  One potential program is the Emergency Watershed Protection Program administered by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).  Any updates on such programs will be posted here as they become available.

Northern Water’s Watershed Recovery and EWP Page

Grand County Gov’s Fire and Watershed Recovery Page

General Fire Recovery Resources

CSU Extension Fire Resources Webpage (CSU Extension)
Why Post-Fire Rehabilitation? (CSFS)
EDEN (Extension Disaster Education Network)    
FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency)     
Guide to Staying Safe During Wildfires (SafeHome.org)
Wildfire (Ready Colorado)     
Wildfires (US Department of Homeland Security)
Wildfire Retardants (eXtension)
Be Wildfire Ready (Grand County Wildfire Council)
Post-Fire Recovery Resources (Coalitions & Collaboratives -COCO) 

Soil Erosion

Soil Erosion Control after Wildfire (CSU Extension)
Erosion Potential After a Wildfire (University of Idaho)
What are Hydrophobic Soils? (NRCS)
Erosion Control Techniques & Supplies (NRCS)
Colorado Sources of Erosion Control Products and Services


MPCD Seed Sales Page (MPCD)
Seeding After Wildfire (NRCS)
Grass Seed Mixes to Reduce Wildfire Hazard (CSFS)
Native Grasses for Use in Colorado Landscapes (CSU Extension)


Protecting Your Home: Creating Wildfire-Defensible Zones (CSFS)
Vegetative Recovery after Wildfire (CSU Extension)
Fire Resistant Landscaping (CSFS)
Taking Care of Residential Trees after Wildfire (University of Nevada)
Native Trees for Colorado Landscape (CSU Extension)
Determine the Amount of Fire Injury Which Will Kill a Ponderosa or Lodgepole Pine (CSFS)
Determine the Amount of Fire Injury Which Will Kill a Douglas Fir (CSFS)
Determine the Amount of Fire Injury Which Will Kill a Aspen (CSFS)
Insects and Diseases Associated with Forest Fires (CSFS)
Replanting in Burn Areas: Tips for Safety and Success (CSFS)
Restoration and Rehabilitation (CSFS)
Tree Seedlings For Sale (MPCD)

Water Resources

Water Users and Property Owners Impacted by Wildland Fire (CO Division of Water Resources)
Addressing Impacts of Wildfire on Water Resources (CSU Extension)
Protecting and Restoring Ponds Following a Wildfire (CSU Extension)

Livestock/Pet/Ag Producers

Emergency Conservation Program for Ag Producers (FSA)
Assessing and Caring for Cattle After Wildfires (Texas A&M)
Caring for Livestock During Disaster (CSU Extension)
Caring for Livestock After Disaster (CSU Extension)
Colorado Hay Directory (CDA)
Guidelines for Horses Exposed to Wildfire Smoke (UC Davis Vet Med)
Wildfires, Smoke and Livestock (UC Davis)
Saving Pets, Saving People (CSU Extension)


Fencing For Wildlife (CPW)
Tracking Wildlife in Wildfire (KDVR/CPW)

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