Tour of Lory State Park shows fire damage

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LAPORTE, Colo. -- The 1,400 acre Galena Fire had some unintended consequences on park land, last week in Larimer County.

In the past, prescribed fire has been used to address both wildlife hazard mitigation and ecological health. While this fire came close to leaving park land, crews were able to knock it down in short order, keeping it contained to area within the park.

Friday, park officials showed what kind of damage was done and what needs to be done to get the park open again.

“Lory is open year-round,” said Jen Churchill of Colorado Parks and Wildlife. “We know it is a popular place to hike, bike and play. Our goal is to make repairs and get it ready for summer use as soon as possible.”

That will mean fixing some 10 foot bridges on the 26 miles of trails in the park near Horsetooth Reservoir.

Burned as well, sections of bucking-rail fences which keep people on dedicated trails -- they too have to be rebuilt.

This weekend, weather permitting, more than 50 volunteers will be at the park taking away debris and getting the grounds in shape for fix-up.

Once the sections of West Trails have been rebuilt, the East and South trails will get ready for summer as well.