Colorado fire live – 1,000 homes lost in wildfires in Superior & Boulder County as map shows 6,000 acres of devastation

WILDFIRES in Colorado destroyed an estimated 6,000 acres, according to a map, and as many as 1,000 homes could be lost.

Despite the severe structure damage, there have been no reports of fatalities.

The fires forced two towns to evacuate entirely as the flames quickly ripped through communities in Boulder County.

The Boulder County sheriff’s office said it had received “Multiple reports of power lines down, transformers blowing, etc.”

“This has caused several small grass fires from the downed/sparking lines,” the statement continued.

Seven wildfires broke out on Thursday in the Boulder area, according to reports, driven by strong winds gusting over 50 mph, Wildfire Today noted.

The town of Superior has been evacuated, according to Fox31/KDVR. Some neighborhoods in Boulder in Louisville have followed suit.

The National Weather Service out of Denver/Boulder tweeted that the blazes have created a life-threatening situation in Superior and Louisville areas, noting that the "fast-moving fires" should encourage people to "gather more information and please be prepared to evacuate immediately."

The Denver Channel noted that one wind gust was marked at 110mph and that there are multiple fires in the area that continue to grow.

Read our Superior, Colorado fire evacuation live blog for the latest news and updates…

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    Biden approves disaster declaration

    The White House approved a disaster declaration for Colorado, and will provide federal funding for the communities affected by the wildfires.

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    Boulder County lost about 1,000 homes

    Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle estimated that about 1,000 homes may have been lost in the wildfires.

    He said he expects to learn of at least 500 homes lost.

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    6,000 acres of damage

    The Marshall fire rapidly destroyed an estimated 6,000 acres, after Thursday's strong winds pushed it into neighborhoods.

    Boulder County lost hundreds of structures in the fire.

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    Area hospital sees burn victims

    UCHealth Broomfield Hospital representative Kelli Christensen told The Colorado Sun that it is treating at least six burn victims on Thursday.

    The fire has reportedly also damaged several structures in the areas of Louisville and Superior, Colorado.

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    No fatalities is a ‘miracle,’ says governor

    In a press conference on Friday Colorado governor Jared Polis said it was a miracle that there have been no deaths or missing persons reports after a fire ripped through Boulder County on Thursday.

    “We might have our very own New Year’s miracle on our hands, if it holds up that there was no loss of life,” said governor Polis.

    “It’s unbelievable, when you look at the devastation, that we don’t have a list of a hundred missing persons,” added Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle.

    “I’m hoping that’s a miracle.”

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    How extensive is the fire damage?

    As the fire has escalated throughout the day State Officials are now estimating that at least some 600 homes have already been lost in multiple areas around Boulder County.

    Boulder County Sheriff, Joe Pelle, said that more than 1,600 acres of land have burned in Colorado.

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    ‘Most destructive fires in Colorado’s history’

    The wildfire in Boulder County is thought to be the most destructive in Colorado’s history as hundreds of homes were devastated and thousands fled in fear.

    At least 550 homes have been destroyed – making the Marshall wildfire the most destructive in Colorado history. Officials expect the number of homes destroyed to rise.

    The previous record was the Black Forest Fire of 2013 where just under 500 homes burned to the ground, KRDO reports.

    More than 30,000 people were forced to evacuate their homes in Superior and Louisville on Thursday.

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    Residents describe nightmare scene

    Leah Angstman told the Associated Press that the sky was dark brown and dirt was blowing around in swirls like snakes.

    Hospitals in the southeast of Boulder County were evacuated, including patients in intensive care.

    Good Samaritan Hospital in Lafayette was evacuating its most critical patients as the fire raged into the night, CBS Denver reported.

    And inmates at a detention center in Broomfield were also relocated.

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    More than 1,600 acres burned

    Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle said on Thursday that more than 1,600 acres of land have burned in Colorado.

    “We know that people are anxiously waiting for word about the conditions of their homes and their neighborhoods,” Pelle said in a press conference.

    “I want to assure you that our fire personnel are working as hard as they can to save additional structures as we speak and when it’s safe to do so, will start the emotional and painful process of assessing damages.”

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    Fire is ‘a force of nature’

    Meanwhile, Governor Jared Polis has declared a state of emergency.

    “This fire is not so much a question of resources,” he told a press conference. “This fire is a force of nature.”

    “We hope that the winds die down, that the weather changes,” he added.

    “But for those who are directly affected, know that you don’t stand alone.”

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    Officer shares video of fires

    An officer for the Broomfield Police Department shared a video taken during a patrol in Superior.

    The footage showed the fires raging on Thursday afternoon.

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    ‘A horrific event’

    Speaking at a press conference, Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle said: “This was consuming football-field lengths of land in seconds.

    “We had never seen anything like it. This was a horrific event.”

    And although no fatalities or missing persons were reported at the time, Pelle added: “But given the ferocity and scope of this fire, it would not surprise me if we find casualties.”

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    ‘Every possession is gone’

    Mark Smith, a Colorado football coach, shared on Twitter that “every material possession he had today is now gone” after fires ripped through Boulder county.

    “Our home, cars, and everything we had in our home lost to the fires that ripped through our community,” said Smith. “Thank you to those who reached out. Processing how to completely start over and grateful for our health.”

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    No deaths reported so far

    While thee have been no confirmed casualties during Thursday’s fires in Colorado, Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle said “given the ferocity and scope of this fire, it would not surprise me if we find casualties.”

    At least six people have been injured in the fires.

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    Governor declared state of emergency

    Colorado Governor Jared Polis declared a state of emergency as wildfires burn through Boulder County.

    His statement read: “The declaration allows the state to access disaster emergency funds to support the emergency response efforts in Boulder and provide state resources including the use of the Colorado National Guard, Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control and activation of the State Emergency Operations Center.”

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    How to help

    The Boulder Office of Emergency Management has set up a donation site for anyone to give money to those affected by the fires in the area.

    They have also set up resources for pets to be rescued.

    Interested parties can donate or access the resources at BoulderOEM.com.

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    ‘Truly historic windstorm’

    Broomfield Police shared shocking footage to Twitter of houses burning as police drive past.

    “This video was taken by BPD Patrol Officers in Superior…E of US-36…this afternoon,” the tweet read.

    “Our thoughts are with our neighbors tonight who lost their homes and businesses. We continue to assist our law enforcement and fire partners as necessary.”

    Earlier on Thursday, Boulder’s National Weather Service said: “We are in the midst of a truly historic windstorm across the front range, foothills, and urban corridor,” The News Caravan reported.

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    Hazmat emergency fears

    The fire burning in Boulder County triggered worries of a hazmat emergency as the fire was said to be approaching a property with liquid nitrogen tanks.

    On Thursday afternoon, fire crews were said to be working to evacuate a Capella Space building in Louisville, a maker of radar imagery products.

    “Caller says there are 2-4 tanks of liquid nitrogen that could explode if they catch fire,” one Twitter user wrote.

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    Hazmat emergency fears

    The fire burning in Boulder County triggered worries of a hazmat emergency as the fire was said to be approaching a property with liquid nitrogen tanks.

    On Thursday afternoon, fire crews were said to be working to evacuate a Capella Space building in Louisville, a maker of radar imagery products.

    “Caller says there are 2-4 tanks of liquid nitrogen that could explode if they catch fire,” one Twitter user wrote.

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    Some unable to evacuate due to outages

    The Boulder Office of Emergency Management said on Facebook they are getting reports that some individuals in Louisville can’t evacuate because they are without power and can’t get their vehicles out of their garages.

    “All garages have a red handle INSIDE that allows you to manually open your garage. Pull the handle to open your garage door,” the Office informed.

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    Thousands have been evacuated

    Up to 32,000 people living in the towns of Superior and Louisville were evacuated as the blaze, dubbed the Marshall Fire, spread to 1,600 acres.

    No deaths have been reported so far, though first responders said an officer was among at least six people who were hurt.

    Colorado Governor Jared Polis said a fire this large near a population center was “absolutely devastating.”

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    Before and after

    A Twitter user shared images of the before and after of Boulder county in Colorado after fires ripped through the area on Thursday.

    "I was born in Boulder and I grew up in Louisville and Broomfield. I currently work in Louisville," they said.

    "This isn’t just another Colorado wild fire. This is my home. Words continue to fail me after all the shit Colorado has gone through the last week."

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    Pregnant women evacuated

    The flames came dangerously close to Avista Adventist Hospital in Louisville, where management was forced to evacuate the entire hospital, including intensive care, neonatal intensive care, and emergency department patients.

    Ominous videos posted to Twitter showed dark smoke clouding the sky as residents worked to escape Boulder County by car.

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    National guard called in

    The National Guard is expected to arrive in the area on Thursday night to help first responders.

    Dozens of military personnel will help with road closures and evacuations.

    Sheriff Pelle said firefighters won’t be able to stop Marshall Fire until winds die down so the main focus is getting people out.

    The sheriff said residents north of the evacuation area should be OK but to stay alert and call emergency management with questions.

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    Wind gusts reached 110mph

    According to The Colorado Sun, at least 600 homes and businesses in neighborhoods Superior and Louisville east of Boulder burned on Thursday.

    The fire quickly spread as wind gusts reached 110mph.

    As of 9.50pm MST, at least six people were injured and treated for burns.

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