The High Park Fire last year was devastating, to say the least.  I'll never forget the toxic haze that hung over my neighborhood for days at a time, nor the fear from my friends that they might lose their homes.  Surely, 2013 won't be as bad, right?  Don't be so sure...

The Coloradoan reports that, not only might this year's wildfire season be just as bad as last year, but a wildfire near Grand Lake could threaten the Northern Colorado water supply.

The High Park Fire forced the city to temporarily switch its entire water supply from the Poudre River to the clean, ash-free water of Horsetooth Reservoir, which is filled with water piped beneath Rocky Mountain National Park from Grand Lake and the reservoirs of the headwaters of the Colorado River on the west side of the park.

Wildfires don’t occur often in that area because the climate is generally too cool and wet. But with severe drought afflicting forests decimated by bark beetles, a wildfire, when it occurs, is likely to be explosive.

[via The Coloradoan.]

Jeez, can't we catch a break around here?

Especially with the terrible taste of Las Vegas water still in my mouth from the honeymoon, the last thing I want is more bad things happening to our water here at home!

I guess we'll just have to keep our fingers crossed and hope nothing terrible happens this year.  Here is a news report out of Denver on the fast-approaching 2013 wildfire season: