Around 600 Colorado Homes Destroyed By Wildfires, State of Emergency Declared for Marshall Fire in Boulder County, Colorado

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RAPID WILDFIRE THURSDAY FOLLOWED BY WINTER STORM WARNING FRIDAY

FOX Weather: 60 mph winds push Colorado wildfires into neighborhoods in Superior, Colorado, were vehicles and property were engulfed by flames. YouTube Tips ⓘ

According to the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, multiple reports of powerlines down, transformers blowing, etc, occurred Thursday, December 30, 2021. The electrical problems and downed arcing power lines caused several small grass fires. One grass fire was reported near the 5000 block of N. Broadway, another is near North Foothills and Middle Fork. Crews responded to both fires, but the grass wildfires that broke out in Boulder County, Colorado, rapidly spread eastward and northward with high winds. The extension of the fire into populated areas threatened and destroyed subdivisions. Tens of thousands of people in the town of Superior and the cities of Louisville and Broomfield, Colorado were evacuated.

Seven people were reported injured as of late Thursday night.




By Thursday evening December 30, 2021, at least 580 homes, as well as a hotel and a shopping center, were destroyed by fire. Governor Jared Polis declared a state of emergency around 3:15 p.m. MST in response to the fires caused by winds across the Front Range. A ground delay at Denver International Airport.

“The declaration allows the state to access disaster emergency funds to support the emergency response efforts in Boulder and provide state resources including the use of the Colorado National Guard, Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control and activation of the State Emergency Operations Center.”

— Governor Jared Polis (statement)

Up to 100mph wind gusts helped to fuel fires in Boulder County, Colorado, Thursday. Evacuation orders are in place for several nearby towns as the fires overtake subdivisions. YouTube Tips ⓘ

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis declared a state of emergency on Thursday due to the Marshall Fire in Boulder County. Evacuation orders have been given for Louisville, Superior, and portions of Broomfield. In other areas of Broomfield, pre-evacuation orders were activated.

Pre-evacuation orders are in place for portions of Lafayette, Arvada, and Westminster.

The Marshall Fire is not the only fire. The Middlefork fire was reported first, reported at about 10:30 a.m. at North Foothills Highway and Middlefork Road. The fire was knocked down, and no structures were reported lost.

The Marshall Fire was reported just after 11:00 a.m. at South Foothills Road and Marshall Road, and expanded to 1600 acres — destroying areas in Superior, Louisville, and unincorporated Boulder County. The Vista hospital was evacuated.

Latest Map of Fire

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Less than 12 hours after Colorado’s December 2021 wildfire was reported, the fire surpassed the destruction of the 2013 Black Forest Fire.

Next, a winter storm is forecast to bring high rates of snowfall in the wildfire area about 11:00 a.m. Friday, December 31, 2021 with a Winter Storm Warning in effect from December 31, 05:00 AM MST until January 1, 11:00 AM MST. Over a foot of snow is expected in the Rocky Mountains just west of wildfire area.

Still frame from Broomfield Police vehicle video in Superior, Colorado East of US 36 (SOURCE: Broomfield Police Department)
Still frame from Broomfield Police vehicle video in Superior, Colorado East of US 36 (SOURCE: Broomfield Police Department).
Broomfield Police Department dashboard view of fire in the Superior/Louisville area (SOURCE: Broomfield Police Department)
Broomfield Police Department dashboard view of fire in the Superior/Louisville area (SOURCE: Broomfield Police Department).

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Link to original Colorado Governor document (copied below)

Numerous resources are available to those impacted by the devastating wildfires across Boulder County. As well, several different sites are accepting donations for those impacted by the fires. The most effective way to support people impacted by the Boulder County fire is to donate money. Please see the following list of resources and donation sites:

Resources For Those Impacted:

Boulder County Community Wildfire Fund

American Red Cross, Colorado Region Chapters

Lost or found pets

Horse Relocation

Emergency Status Updates:

Boulder Office of Emergency Management

Boulder County Emergency Call Center – 303-413-7730

Broomfield County – https://broomfield.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2275

Colorado Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Management

Centura Health; Patient and Associate Line – 303-661-1848

Evacuation Centers:

YMCA of Northern Colorado
2800 Dagny Way
Lafayette, CO 80026.

Rocky Mountain Christian Church
9447 Niwot Rd
Niwot, CO 80503

Mount Calvary Lutheran
3485 Stanford Ct, Boulder, Colorado 80305
[For those who have tested positive for COVID-19]

If you are COVID-positive and must evacuate, please evacuate to the COVID Recover Center at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, 3485 Stanford Ct, Boulder, CO

N. Boulder Rec Center
3170 Broadway
Boulder, CO 80304

Longmont Senior Center
910 Longs Peak Ave
Longmont (not for overnight shelter)

FOR ANIMALS

Jefferson County Fairgrounds
15200 W 6th Ave Frontage Rd
Golden

Donations To Those Impacted:

Boulder Office of Emergency Management- If you have shelter to offer displaced residents, please sign up to be a vetted host at Airbnb.com and you will be alerted through the Airbnb Open Homes Program if needed and encouraging household items be donated to local thrift stores,

https://bouldercounty.wufoo.com/forms/donations/

Community Foundation, Boulder County- accepting monetary donations

YMCA of Northern Colorado, accepting donations (blankets, pillows, dog & cat food) at their location: 2800 Dagny Way, Lafayette, CO 80026.

Please follow their updates for what supplies are needed: https://twitter.com/YMCANOCO

For Road Closures:

Road closure information will be updated regularly at www.boulderoem.com/road-closure

Boulder County is just northwest of Broomfield and Broomfield is about 20 miles northwest of Denver, Colorado …

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