Video shows damage at Rocky Mountain National Park after wildfires

This wildfire season has been brutal on Rocky Mountain National Park as fires consumed 9% of the park and destroyed several historic buildings. But in a video released on Saturday, the park shows it’s not all doom and gloom.

The video, originally posted on Facebook, showed burnt trees, some bent into arches after winds of close to 100 mph, and the remains of historic structures after the East Troublesome and Cameron Peak fires swept through.

At the end of the 4:38-minute video, RMNP showed photos of new growth that spurted up after previous fires in the park. The same will happen this time.

“For thousands of years, fire has been a natural and necessary part of the Rocky Mountain ecosystem,” the park said in the video. “Most forests here depend on fire, burning down, growing, burning and growing again.

“Every time a fire comes through, the land is ready for new life to emerge,” the video continued. “With more open space, nutrient-rich soil, and sunlight, plants quickly reappear after a fire. The rejuvenating effects of fire help keep Rocky’s forests healthy and increase biodiversity, meaning a wide variety of plant and animal species can thrive.”

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