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Marshall Fire

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“Where do we go to escape this?” The Marshall fire is Colorado’s new reality.

The Marshall fire’s spread through a densely developed, urban environment made one thing clear: Very few parts of Colorado are completely safe from wildfire.

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“Our history is gone”: Four families, 6 months after the Marshall fire

The Sun checked back in with families who survived the most destructive fire in Colorado history

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After-action report finds numerous shortcomings in Marshall fire emergency communications

Despite communication barriers, about 37,500 people fled the area in about three to four hours, according to an after-action report which called the effort “unprecedented.”

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1 million Colorado buildings are threatened by wildfire. The risk is highest in suburban counties.

Modeling from group that tracks risk related to climate change reports that in the next 30 years, 19% more homes in Colorado will be threatened by wildfire, the largest increase in the U.S.

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Boulder County commissioners adopt fire-resistant requirements for homes on eastern grassy plains

Boulder County commissioners adopted the requirements, sparked by the disastrous Marshall fire, in a 3-0 vote Thursday

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Majority of homeowners trying to rebuild after the Marshall fire may be massively underinsured, analysis finds

The Colorado Division of Insurance says the total amount of underinsurance may be as high as $179 million

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“An incredible frustration”: Boulder County fire officials have long sought better wildfire escape routes

The concern about escape paths has gained new urgency after the 2021 Marshall fire destroyed more than 1,000 homes in Boulder County.

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Boulder County officials propose fire-resistant requirements for homes in eastern grassy plains

Fire-resistant requirements have long been required for homeowners in the foothills of unincorporated Boulder County.

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Louisville allows Marshall fire victims to rebuild under older, less-stringent codes

New building codes include a requirement to have electric vehicle charging infrastructure and all-electric systems

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Lawsuit alleges Xcel Energy power line sparked Marshall fire

An Xcel spokeswoman said the company was reviewing the lawsuit but said it has not seen evidence that its equipment ignited the fire

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Louisville burned down Dec. 30. The city manager started the next day.

City manager Jeffrey Durbin joined the swelling ranks of officials who have weathered climate disasters. One difference: He started his job the morning after the Marshall fire.

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Homesites destroyed in the Marshall fire are going up for sale. Who will buy them?

At least 10 lots in Superior and Louisville where homes were leveled by the fire are on the market. None have changed hands yet.

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Boulder County housing prices are still climbing 6 weeks after Marshall fire

In an area that already struggled with housing affordability and low inventory, the loss of more than 1,000 homes is a devastating blow

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Emergency alerts were a problem long before the Marshall fire, reports show

Adoption of Amber-style alerts has been slow, even as experts and after-action reports say counties’ reverse 911 systems alone are inadequate.

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Colorado doesn’t have a statewide fire-resistant construction requirement. In the Marshall fire’s wake, critics say it’s time.

Instead of relying on a statewide building code to govern new home construction, as in some other fire-prone states, Colorado leaves it to communities to craft their own policies.

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Colorado gets $10 million to fight coal seam fires like those burning at Marshall Mesa and Glenwood Springs

Federal infrastructure funds will more than triple the annual coal mine cleanup budget and pay for true extinguishing of decades-long fires after years of frustration

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Marshall fire survivors who didn’t have renter’s insurance now face unique obstacles to recovery

More services may be on the way for renters whose homes were contaminated by smoke and ash, but until then, people are navigating replacing ruined belongings on their own

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The Marshall fire is renewing focus on underground coal blazes across Colorado and the U.S.

The estimated future cost to control the 200 known abandoned mine blazes across the U.S. is almost $900 million, according to the Office of Surface Mining database

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Marshall fire evacuation alerts reached as few as 1 in 5 who were meant to receive them

Authorities said they sent Boulder County sheriff’s deputies and firefighters door to door to urge evacuations, and will have a new alert system in place this spring.

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“The only piece of their life that’s normal”: Schools are scrambling to help 800 kids displaced by the Marshall fire

Boulder Valley School District, already struggling to staff school buses, has had to create a new bus route and change others to pick up students affected by the fire

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Data may be Colorado’s best bet to mitigate increasing wildfire risk on the Front Range

Climate and fire experts say they must now do even more to layer new sensor technology atop decades of firefighting experience to prevent more fires like the one that devastated Louisville and Superior.

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