Survivors of one destructive fire help survivors of another fire
FORT COLLINS – Two years after the Four Mile Canyon fire destroyed over 150 homes, survivors are meeting with residents whose lives have been turned upside down by June’s High Park Fire.
“Time really slows down after a disaster like this, in some ways this has been the longest two years of my life,” said Andi O’Conor, a Boulder county resident who lost a home in the September 2010 canyon fire.
O’Conor and other 2010 survivors had the chance to meet one on one with Larimer County residents who are just now beginning the recovery process from the 87,000 acre wildifre that officials estimate destroyed 259 homes.
“A lot of time you think I’m doing great, and your not doing great so reach out and ask for help.” O’Conor said to Thursday’s meeting of fire survivors.
Former fire victims are giving advice about how to deal with insurance companies, rebuilding costs, and emotional factors in recovery.
“We want to replace right away, we don’t want to wait to rebuild, and where our cabin was, we wouldn’t want to rebuild it.” said Gail Hawkins, a High Park Fire survivor.
Larimer County has setup a website where residents can get the latest information about recovery efforts: http://www.co.larimer.co.us/highparkfire/