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High Park Fire Colorado

Here is a close up of the charcoal Echinocereus that is growing back to life only a few months after the Colorado High Park Fire.

This Echinocereus viridiflorus var. montanus was exposed to high heat conditions and appears to be cooked beyond its own ability to retain life. However, there is new growth bursting through the torched skin and this plant appears to be making a fast come back. It is impressive how well plants like this one can survive severe fire conditions. This plant survived the Colorado High Park Fire.

This Escobaria missouriensis was in a location where the fire was very hot. The stem is damaged and is growing new stems at the base. It is unusual for this species to grow pups in the wild. However, Escobaria missouriensis often will grow pups when grown as a domesticated plant. This plant has lost most of the bulk of it’s spines and no longer looks much like a clump of dry grass. Hopefully, this plant will continue to recover and grow back to it previous impressive beauty.

This Escobaria missouriensis survived a creeping fire in the Colorado High Park Fire. It is hard to tell if the spines have been burned off a little or not, but they do usually have longer spines that look like stumpy grass clumps. It is exciting to see a plant like this one do so well at remaining so undamaged by creeping fire. Perhaps because these kinds of plants are sort of like bags of water they are well adapted to surviving fires.

This plant had minor damage from creeping fire, and is growing back very well.

Alpine Opuntia with rocks, where the plant is quickly recovering from the High Park Fire.

Here is a charcoal pine cone with a recovering Opuntia.

Here is a long shot on the fast growing pads. The ground is very charred and it is impressive to see this Opuntia growing back.

Here is a plant that was taken down by the High Park Fire, and is recovering fast with new pads.

Here is a plant that the flames missed, and it looks like a beautiful happy plant.