SUPERIOR, Colorado (KDVR) – As crews assess catastrophic damage from the Marshall fire in Boulder County, Colorado, a silver line: no reports of deaths and no reports of missing persons Friday morning.
The Marshall fire was rapid the most devastating wildfire in Colorado history, in the case of damaged homes.
According to Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle, at least 500 homes have been confirmed destroyed in the town of Superior. That number does not include the communities that burned east and west of the Superior, or the homes that were damaged in parts of Broomfield or Louisville.
Gov. Police and other officials did one overflight of the burn on Friday morning. He estimated that as many as 1,000 homes could be destroyed. Sheriff Pelle said “he would not be surprised” if the devastation was greater than that number.
Two thousand homes were in the area of burns, which stretched over 6,000 acres. Firefighters do not expect the fire to grow as the snow moves into the area. The main focus for crews will be to broadcast hotspots as the Marshall fire is still smoking and smoldering in the suburbs.
Officials say they are aware of damage caused by the wildfire and wind, but have not yet confirmed any casualties.
“We can have our very own New Year’s miracle on our hands if it holds that there was no loss of human life,” Governor Jared Polis said.
While the cause of the fire is still under investigation, Sheriff Pelle said it is believed to have been triggered by downed active power lines, toppled from 6 p.m. gusts of wind up to 115 miles per hour, according to the National Weather Service.
There are several community initiatives underway help the victims of the Marshall fire, accept donated items or monetary donations to help. The Boulder Office of Emergency Management urges people to keep the emergency telephone lines clear while the emergency is active.
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