Two of Colorado’s largest trees burn in 416 Fire

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Two of Colorado’s largest trees burn in 416 Fire

Flyover of Hermosa Creek drainage confirms giants were consumed by flames
The 416 Fire burned intensely in the Hermosa Creek drainage. Foresters say the blaze burned two of five champion trees in the drainage. A Douglas fir and blue spruce near the confluence of Hermosa and Dutch creeks burned during the height of the fire.
This Douglas fir, which burned in the 416 Fire, was named the “Outfitter Tree” because Animas Valley rancher Sandy Young had a camp at the base of the tree.
This champion ponderosa pine in the Hermosa Creek drainage, standing at 148-feet tall with a 12-foot circumference, survived the 416 Fire.

Two of Colorado’s largest trees burn in 416 Fire

The 416 Fire burned intensely in the Hermosa Creek drainage. Foresters say the blaze burned two of five champion trees in the drainage. A Douglas fir and blue spruce near the confluence of Hermosa and Dutch creeks burned during the height of the fire.
This Douglas fir, which burned in the 416 Fire, was named the “Outfitter Tree” because Animas Valley rancher Sandy Young had a camp at the base of the tree.
This champion ponderosa pine in the Hermosa Creek drainage, standing at 148-feet tall with a 12-foot circumference, survived the 416 Fire.

Two of Colorado’s largest trees burn in 416 Fire

In 2013, Sandy Young, a rancher in the Animas Valley who recently died, nominated this Douglas fir in the Hermosa Creek drainage for champion tree status. The tree, 163-feet tall and 17 feet in circumference, burned in the 416 Fire. It was one of the largest trees in the state.

Two of Colorado’s largest trees burn in 416 Fire

This champion ponderosa pine in the Hermosa Creek drainage, standing at 148-feet tall with a 12-foot circumference, survived the 416 Fire likely because it’s located in an open grassland.
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