Life goes on after High Park Fire
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Milliken man working with ‘survivors,’ legislative action may help future homeowners deal with insurance issues
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By Lauren King/The Johnstown Breeze
At 5:54 a.m. June 9, 2012, the most destructive fire in Larimer County history started with a lightning strike and ripped through more than 87,000 acres in the High Park area west of Fort Collins, eventually destroying more than 259 structures.
In July, Peter Keohane and Derek Gaarder along with Julia Edelstein, Kris Jabs and Max Bourke were contacted by Touchstone Health Partners and established the Mountain Outreach Team. Recently, Jessie Gibson-Raschen joined the team as well.
The outreach team is a non-profit organized to service and assist with the recovery efforts for survivors of the High Park and Woodland Heights (near Estes Park) fires last summer.
According to Gaarder, they’ve made more than 20,000 contacts, trying to foster a sense of community and support among those who feel as though no one is there to help them.