The Marshall Fire: One Year Later
It has been one year since the Marshall fire destroyed hundreds of houses and businesses in parts of Louisville, Superior and Boulder County. One year of sorting through what was lost. One year of trying to create a new normal. And one year of making a new home.
A year after the Marshall fire, community is scattered as people try to move home or move on
Fewer than 170 building permits have been issued for more than 1,000 burned homes. Empty lots are sitting for months on the market. Families are in limbo.
One year after the Marshall fire, housing advocates call for policy changes to help Colorado’s renters who survive a natural disaster
Renters whose homes sustained smoke and ash damage found themselves illegally evicted or persuading landlords to clean their residences following the environmental damage
Superior tries to reclaim sense of self after the Marshall fire, but the historic core may never be the same
Flames destroyed the museum, personal heirlooms and historic homes, but residents and town leaders are refusing to let the loss define them
Teens who lost their homes in the Marshall fire are still trying to heal their mental scars a year later
Teens’ trauma will likely stick with them, but their perception of the fire will change over time, a child therapist says.
“Air quality issues don’t go away when the fire is out”: Questions remain about long-term Marshall fire health effects
CU Boulder researchers found elevated concentrations of volatile organic compounds and pollutants inside smoke-affected homes in the weeks after the fire
Colorado’s wildfire risk is so high some homeowners can’t get insured. The state may create last-resort coverage.
Some Colorado homeowners are telling state regulators and lawmakers that they can’t secure coverage for their homes because of rising wildfire risk
Two Colorado lawmakers want to simplify the legislature’s ability to wield its rarely used subpoena power
House Bill 1248 would allow for the creation of special investigative committees made up of lawmakers and experts to issue subpoenas
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.