Fire coverage dominates
By Bob Berwyn
SUMMIT COUNTY —Every story in the most-viewed list was related to coverage of the High Park Fire in Larimer County. While we weren’t reporting from the scene fire, we used live feeds of fire briefings, social media and other sources to try and stay on top of what has become Colorado’s most destructive fire in terms of burned homes.
Each story also included multiple links to direct information sources about the fire and those were heavily used, with thousands of outbound hits on those sources. That’s what web journalism is all about.
Additionally, some exceptionally accurate maps of the fire from Summit Voice contributor Mark Newby helped drive traffic. The maps Newby created using public information from government sources were sometimes posted before the official updates from the Forest Service and Larimer County, helping readers understand the progression of the fire.
Unfortunately, federal agencies have cut off public access to some of the important data that enabled Newb and others to create accurate maps. We’ll be following up on that this week.
- Colorado: High Park Fire uncontained at 37,000 acres 3,104 views
- High Park Fire grows to 52,000 acres, 15 percent contained 2,101 views
- Colorado: High Park Fire 5 percent contained 2,058 views
- Colorado: High Park Fire grows to almost 10,000 acres 1,924 views
- Colorado: High Park Fire slows down 1,896 views
- Colorado: 6th airtanker brought in to fight High Park Fire 1,273 views
- Colorado: Larimer County Sheriff’s Office confirms destruction of homes in several neighborhoods 1,165 views
- Red flag warning prompts change in High Park Fire tactics 901 views
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