Someone reminded me this past week that during the flood recovery on campus in 1997, we had T-shirts made with the saying, “CSU: Can’t Stop Us.”
That proved true again this past weekend when a number of our students and staff who had been evacuated from our Pingree Park campus volunteered to go back up to feed and support the firefighters who are lodging there. This is certainly not without some risk: there’s a spot fire about 2 miles up the Pingree Park Road, but the campus is 14 miles away and relatively safe at this point. The staff is prepared to evacuate at any time if necessary, and we’re watching the reports carefully. But in the meantime, they’re doing important work supporting the crews that are out fighting the larger High Park Fire — and demonstrating yet again that you can’t stop the people of CSU.
Fire response efforts
Fire response efforts are also continuing here in town, with the incident command base camp continuing to operate out of the Foothills Campus, hundreds of night-crew firefighters and National Guard members staying in our residence halls, the VTH and others continuing to care for evacuated pets and livestock, and the Disaster Recovery Center now up and operational at Johnson Hall.
CSU fire experts have provided information to help educate the media and the general public, and faculty and staff in Human Development and Family Studies have been working with the local 211 system to help provide crisis counseling services to fire victims. Among those who have stepped up to volunteer wherever they can are our student athletes, cheerleaders, and members of ROTC. Thanks to everyone who has and continues to help with all these efforts.