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Avista hospital closed for foreseeable future after oxygen tanks had a near miss with Marshall fire

Avista Adventist Hospital in Louisville narrowly avoided a “catastrophic explosion” Thursday afternoon when flames from the Marshall fire came within 4 feet of flammable oxygen tanks on the hospital’s west side, hospital officials said. Facilities staff fought back the flames with hoses, said Lindsay Radford, a spokeswoman for Centura Health, the network that includes Avista. […]

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What Boulder County residents returning home after the Marshall fire found

Boulder County residents who fled a roaring fire Thursday night weaved through back roads and neighborhoods Friday to find out whether their homes were still standing. For many, a smoldering pile of ash and flames was all that remained.  Michelle Clifford, along with her partner and 19-year-old son, stood amid the smoking ash of what […]

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Satellite images show Marshall fire moving in on Louisville, Superior

A wind-fueled fire tore through Boulder County on Thursday, forcing evacuations of thousands in Superior and Louisville and destroying hundreds of homes. Satellite photos from Westminster-based Maxar Technologies show the difference in the landscape before the Marshall fire, at 2 p.m., and after it went through. Note: Images may take a second to load. Satellite […]

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Opinion: Devastating Colorado fires cap a year of climate disasters, with one side of the country too wet, the other too dry

By Shuang-Ye Wu, University of Dayton Alongside a lingering global pandemic, the year 2021 was filled with climate disasters, some so intense they surprised even the scientists who study them. Extreme rainstorms turned to raging flash floods that swept through mountain towns in Europe, killing over 200 people. Across Asia, excessive rainfall inundated wide areas and flooded subway stations in China. […]

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Mountain counties, San Luis Valley will experience power, natural gas outages because of Boulder County wildfire

Xcel Energy is warning its electric and natural gas customers in several mountain counties and in the San Luis Valley that they will experience periodic outages Thursday night into Friday because of the wildfire burning near Boulder. “The Boulder County wildfires have impacted Xcel Energy’s natural gas infrastructure that supports the system in Summit County and Grand […]

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Resources: What to do about insurance, unemployment, prescriptions and more after Marshall fire

The wind-fueled Marshall fire tore through more than 6,200 acres of Boulder County, destroying at least 991 structures and damaging 127 more. At least eight people were injured, and two people are missing and presumed dead. As tens of thousands of people in unincorporated Boulder County, Louisville and Superior deal with displacement, damage and other […]