In the wake of the Marshall fire, here’s what you need to know today


BOULDER COUNTY, Colorado – As residents of Boulder County continue to pick up the pieces after the Marshall Fire, various community resources and updates are constantly changing around them.

READ MORE: Resources for victims, ways to help, where to donate | Stories of the Marshall Fire | Boulder County Fire Information

The 6,026-acre fire burned more than 1,000 structures on December 30. It is fully mastered.

To help you sort through the dozens of daily updates, below is a list of what’s happening today. This includes the limited resources currently available, updates coming today, and what to expect throughout the day. We’ve made today’s highlights bold so you can quickly find what you need right now.

Here’s what you need to know about the Marshall Fire today, where you can get help, and more.


Tuesday January 4

3:01 pm | Xcel says 10,000 customers have turned gas back on

Xcel Energy said Tuesday afternoon more than 10,000 customers have now relighted their pilot lights of the 13,000 who have suffered blackouts since gas was cut off due to the Marshall fire on Thursday.

The leap towards restoring gas service to 10,000 customers and re-igniting the pilot lights comes after the company said 6,000 customers restored service as of Monday night.

Xcel said for the remaining 3,000 customers, crews would work directly with them to relight the pilot lights once evacuation orders are lifted.

If people are not in evacuation areas and need to turn on their pilot lights, they can call 1-800-895-2999, the company said.
Click here to find out more.

2:54 pm | Marshall Fire Daily Briefing

The Boulder County Community Foundation (CFBC) released $ 5 million in funding to help those affected by the Marshall fire.

Tatiana Hernandez, CEO of CFBC, made the announcement during a press briefing on Tuesday. The CFBC board on Sunday approved the $ 5 million grant to be distributed immediately to those whose homes have been destroyed or damaged and are in need of financial assistance.

Marshall Fire update for January 4, 2022

Residents who wish to seek help can do so at the Disaster Assistance Center at 1755 South Public Road in Lafayette, which will operate from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week.

The center has already seen more than 400 people seek help from FEMA and other organizations at the center, Louisville Police Chief Dave Hayes said on Tuesday.
12:05 pm | What you need to know for Tuesday

Below is the most up-to-date map showing hard closures (no public access), soft closures (residents only access) and open areas.

the Boulder County Disaster Assistance Center, located at 1755 S. Public Road in Lafayette, is open today from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week. Officials here can help you with loss of property, housing, food aid, marital status, mental health, COVID-19 testing, transportation and more. Support is available in English and Spanish.

If you have been affected by the fire and need information, call Boulder County Public Call Center at 303-413-7730. Community members who have a disability and need additional support can call or text 1-800-626-4959.

the Colorado Insurance Division to Host Virtual Town Hall today from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Click here to register. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing the information you need to join the meeting. You can ask questions at the end of the presentation. If you have any questions, you can call 303-894-7490 or 800-930-3745.

Both Superior and Louisville remain under boil water advisory. We do not yet know when this will be lifted.

While the YMCA Lafayette, located at 2800 Dagny Way, expected to issue Water heater from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., they announced that all the radiators had been recovered within an hour. We will update this if they are able to restock.

Xcel Energy said at 1:06 p.m. Tuesday that he had restored service to more than 10,000 customers – nearly all of his customers who lost service in the fire. Since this morning, more than 10,000 customers have turned on the lights on their devices. For other customers, some of whom are subject to evacuation orders, the teams work directly with them to arrange to relight the pilot lights of their natural gas appliances once the evacuation orders have been lifted. If you haven’t got your appliances back on and you can go home, call 1-800-895-2999.

Comcast said it restored service to nearly 11,000 of the 13,000 customers and 530 of the 660 businesses that lost service, as of 8 a.m. today. This represents about 85% of customers affected by the fires. Many of the remaining unserviced homes and businesses were destroyed in the blaze. Comcast continues to work on damage assessment and restoration of its network in Superior and Louisville. If you’ve lost your home or business, call 1-800-934-6489 and press 1 to have an agent help you sign out, suspend service, or maintain use without recurring charges.

On Tuesday, the Foothills, Front Range and the Eastern Plains will remain under a Strong wind warning, although the risk of fire remains low thanks to recent snow. Boulder’s National Weather Service said it would have issued fire-related weather alerts on Tuesday if it hadn’t just snowed, but many areas expecting high winds are still covered in snow. The NWS noted that the fire danger is high in the eastern plains where less snow fell on Friday. Click here for more details on today’s wind warning.

Due to the high winds, Boulder County Safety Officer Todd Legler said heavily damaged but still standing structures could easily collapse. This includes the remaining chimneys, he said.

If you parked at RTD’s US 36 McCaslin Park-n-Ride parking on Thursday and were unable to come back to pick up your car, you can now come back to pick up your vehicle. RTD asks you to enter the area from the corner of McCaslin Boulevard and Marshall Road. parking is permitted in the immediate vicinity. Bring your driver’s license along with your ID or other ID to show the National Guard troops.

Boulder Valley School DistrictSchools will resume classes on Wednesday. A BVSD spokesperson said it would help families by allowing students to return to a familiar and supportive environment, although some parents believe the return to class was rushed.

the daily fire briefing will start at 2 p.m. Denver7 will broadcast this live on our Denver7 + streaming apps.

The fire investigation is ongoing. Two people are still missing.

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