On Tuesday, I took a walk along the river. We had some wonderful rain this past weekend, which was sorely needed. But it came down in such intense bursts that it lead to flooding in some areas. It also washed a lot of the ashes and soot down out of the mountains and into the river. The Poudre was completely blackened with the stuff when I visited Tuesday morning. In the first two photos you can see the black goo that was left along the sides of the river where the water had deposited it.
These next two photos compare how the water usually looks to how it looked when it was full of High Park Fire runoff. In the first photo you might be able to make out a peace symbol under the water. I don’t know how that was painted onto the rocks under the water, but I’d guess it was done when the river was very low at some point. I took the peace symbol photo about a month ago. The second photo was taken on Tuesday from the exact same bridge in the exact same spot.
I’ve never made lye, but I hear you simply soak wood ashes in water for a few days. Lye is alkali. I wonder what the affect of such a ph imbalance has on the fish, snakes, frogs and other wildlife that live in the Poudre river. :-\