The High Park fire has experienced a few days of high winds making the job of the firefighters very difficult. The focus of operations is now to increasingly contain the fire and to prevent it from spreading into areas with high fuel loads. Colorado has large areas of beetle-killed timber that pose a serious wildfire threat.
It is a serious decision to being in heavy equipment and begin building fire breaks with bulldozers, one the Forest Service does not take lightly. In this fire, it is a wise decision to take this measure to halt its advance.