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First phone alert for the Marshall fire sent 42 minutes after it started — and only to 215 contacts

The first phone alert warning Boulder County residents to flee the Marshall fire was sent at least 42 minutes after flames broke out — at most to 215 people.  By then, at least one structure had burned and the wind-driven fire was on its way toward consuming more than 1,000 homes and businesses, becoming the […]

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The minute-by-minute story of the Marshall fire’s wind-fueled tear through Boulder County

BOULDER COUNTY – Chihoko Cullens’ 7-year-old daughter was using the new teacher set she got for Christmas to run a pretend classroom for her little brother and sister, all three still in their pajamas, when the smell of smoke crept into the house.  It was 12:10 p.m., an hour after the first 911 call reporting […]

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“Is this another fire?”: Sisters haunted by the loss of their home in Marshall fire now face returning to school

Menacing winds that fanned flames from the Marshall fire into Jaden Crawley’s Superior home last week were back to wake her up Tuesday morning. For a few paralyzing moments, the 15-year-old peered out the window beside the bed, watching as a nearby street lamp cast an orange glow through tree branches. As the tree blew […]

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Louisville’s police chief knows his town’s pain. The Marshall fire destroyed his home, too.

BOULDER – Louisville Police Chief David Hayes wore shiny leather hiking boots and a gray pullover sweater as he faced the microphones, calmly explaining to a room crowded with reporters and television cameras that residents could soon pick up passes to reach neighborhoods scorched by the Marshall fire.  What he did not announce during Monday’s […]

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“It is very, very difficult work”: Search continues for two people missing after Marshall fire

First responders are using their hands and small tools as they dig through the wreckage of buildings where two people were reported missing after the Marshall fire.  “It is very, very difficult work given the debris, the heat and essentially working by hand with small tools to try to get through those locations,” Boulder County […]

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Neither rain, nor sleet, nor wildfire: Postal workers rally to resume delivery after Marshall fire

Usually quiet this time of week, the Louisville Post Office bustled back to life Sunday as letters, bills, prescriptions and more waited in makeshift mail boxes for their owners to come claim them.  The post office, located along fire-ravaged McCaslin Boulevard, counts itself among the lucky buildings left standing after the Marshall fire, which reduced […]

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Federal agencies join investigation into the Marshall fire’s cause as two people remain missing

Boulder County authorities zeroed in on a neighborhood they believe to be the origin of the Marshall fire but have yet to determine a cause, Sheriff Joe Pelle said Sunday. Authorities said the fire likely started near Marshall Road and Colorado 93, and they are working with the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, […]