(CNN) — The fish population in the Animas River in southwest Colorado has suffered a massive loss following a wildfire from June 2018: It's down about 80%.
That's the assessment of the Colorado Parks & Wildlife, which conducted a full-scale survey last week to get a picture of how much the river was affected by the 416 Fire.
The wildfire scorched an estimated 54,000 acres of land in the Hermosa Creek watershed. Following the fire, heavy rain hit the region -- and that led to a runoff filled with ash that suffocated fish in the river.
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