Forest fires are traumatic experiences with lasting impacts on evacuees, government employees, wildland firefighters, farmers, animals, and health care workers.
The root of our wildfire crisis is inextricably tied to settler colonialism, racism, historic patterns of forest mismanagement, and land theft.
Forest fires are public health and housing crises that disproportionately affect low-income, rural, and historically-underserved communities
- Connect | We encourage you to connect with non-profits and aid centers directly in communities:
Forest fires in Colorado are changing, increasing/worsening, and inextricably linked to the climate crisis and global warming
The experts on forest fires in Colorado are the people who have experienced them. We prioritized an accessible process that invited collaboration and partnership, and the weaving of real stories into Wild Fire.
Got a story to tell? Share Your Story with History Colorado’s Museum of Memory
Oftentimes in crisis, local organizations are faster with direct relief. We encourage you to locate your nearest mutual aid and on-the-ground groups in your community if you are seeking help or to offer help.
Here are the top four historical facts about Grand County:
- President Dwight Eisenhower, the nation’s 34th president, had his ‘Western White House’ in Fraser.
- The first allosaurus fossil found in North America was discovered near Granby in 1869; while a woolly mammoth tooth was recently discovered near Kremmling.
- Before the opening of the Moffat Tunnel and from 1904-1928, the highest standard-gauge adhesion railroad in North America was placed over Rollins Pass at 11,677 feet above sea level.
- Famed aviator, Charles Lindbergh, flew in and out of the Knight Ranch — now fully submerged under the waters of Lake Granby.
Amanda Uehlein, Grand County Rural Health Network, Lance Howe, Mind Springs Health; Reverend Sondra Tilsley; Schelly K. Olson, Grand Fire Protection District No. 1; B. Travis Wright, Grand County Historical Association; Dr. Marissa Volpe, History Colorado; Brandon Donner, Adams County Professional Firefighters.