LARIMER COUNTY - When a volunteer High Park firefighter posted on Facebook to update her friends and family, her neighbor saw the post and wanted to share his appreciation for the great work firefighters are doing to keep people and structures safe.
Late Saturday night, flames roared through the Poudre Canyon.
"You just knew that there was going be nothing that was going to be stopping that fire," Chris Hardy said, who lives up the canyon.
His neighbor Rachel Schneider, with Lower Poudre Volunteer Fire Department, posted to Facebook to let her friends and family know she was okay.
Here's some of what she wrote:
"Driving up to Poudre Park to work the fire was one of the most frightening things I've dealt with. The canyon walls were completely aglow and moving. The fire we went through three weeks ago was nothing compared to this. The entire canyon was on fire...angry and moving fast," wrote Schneider.
The post continues:
"The 15 volunteers from Poudre Canyon with limited resources worked heroically through the night to evacuate residents and save homes. Unfortunately structures were lost, but many more were saved. We worked structure protection until noon Sunday. (We had one home catch fire three times and we kept putting it out!)"
Chris Hardy says he worried somewhat that sharing the post with 9News would be an invasion of privacy. But he wants the public to know how brave the firefighters are.
"A special kind of heroism to do those things, even at the expense of your own property and your own personal safety," Hardy said. "And so, I just find that admirable and hope that our community will acknowledge that, and acknowledge them."
"That part gets me more choked up than perhaps losing my home, because the selfless acts of those volunteer firefighters is truly heroic," he added.