By Feng Chi (David), Hsu and Elijah Mt. Castle
The Marshall Fire in Boulder County burned more than 6,000 acres and leveled multiple subdivisions. The fire has been reported as the most destructive fire in Colorado history. One armed person has been arrested after threatening firefighters in the area, but as of now no cause has been determined by officials. According to a press conference Monday Jan 3rd, Boulder County law enforcement is working closely with the FBI and the ATF to determine the cause of the fire. The Marshall fire is one of two that started early in the morning on December 30th, 2021. The other fire was quickly put out, but strong winds over 100 mph and dry land caused the Marshall fire to spread rapidly. The National Weather service has reported that the Denver area has experienced the least amount of precipitation on record by over an inch. Fortunately, 8 inches of snow doused the affected area and helped prevent further damage to communities. Around 1000 homes have been destroyed in Boulder County. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has begun dispersing aid to the communities affected, including food and lodging. According to the President of Xcel Energy-Colorado there are approximately 400 homes still without power and 8000 without gas. 2 people are still reported missing, and at the time or writing no loss of life has been reported.
Live Stream of Press Conference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3v7WYEpAjVA