In the past year, Boulder and our neighboring communities have done some incredibly hard work as we recover and learn from the Marshall Fire. Here in Boulder, we worked on speeding up home safety assessments, set-up a new emergency mapping tool, Zonehaven, and worked with our county partners to enhance how we prepare for and respond to high wildfire danger days.
Hurricane-level winds that worsened the tragic Marshall Fire on Dec. 30, 2021 also damaged more than 100 manufactured homes throughout the City of Boulder. In response to this damage, the city provided emergency financial assistance to help community members who were impacted.
Looking forward, we know there is more work to be done, from across the county down to individual community members. Boulder Fire-Rescue Chief Michael Calderazzo said, “the Marshall Fire taught us a lot of lessons, and it also showed us just how strong our community is. We saw neighbors helping neighbors. People helping people get out safely and quickly and taking care of each other after the fire. And we saw a huge surge of first responders show up to help that day from all over the front range. I am proud to be part of this strong and caring community.”