Several areas of Boulder County remain under mandatory evacuation notices Friday as the Marshall Fire rages through the area – having destroyed hundreds of structures on Thursday.
Tens of thousands of people in Superior, Louisville, Broomfield, parts of Arvada and Westminster were under either the mandatory or pre-evacuation orders after the fire — which started late Thursday morning and is believed to have been caused by downed power lines caused by hurricane-force winds — tore through the Sagamore subdivision in Superior and Olde Town Superior.
By Friday morning, evacuation orders in Broomfield had been lifted and only Boulder County remained under pre-evacuation and mandatory evacuation notices.
You can see the latest Boulder County evacuations in the interactive map below or by clicking here.
The Boulder County Office of Emergency Management opened overnight evacuation centers at:
- The North Boulder Recreation Center – 3170 Broadway, Boulder
- The Lafayette YMCA – 2800 Dagny Way, Lafayette
- Rocky Mountain Christian Church – 9447 Niwot Road, Longmont
The Boulder OEM said those centers would provide overnight shelter, with cots and food services.
People who are currently positive with COVID-19 should go to the COVID Recovery Center at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, located at 3485 Stanford Court, Boulder.
The Boulder County Fairgrounds were at capacity for large animals as of earlier Thursday evening. People who need to find a place for animals evacuated due to the fires should go to the Jefferson County Fairgrounds in Golden (15200 W. 6th Ave. Frontage Road, Golden).
There were also reunification points open Thursday afternoon at the 1STBANK Center (11450 Broomfield Lane, Broomfield) and the Longmont Senior Center (910 Longs Peak Ave., Longmont), but those were not going to be open overnight.
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Click here to sign up for emergency alerts in Colorado. You can call the Boulder County Emergency Call Center at 303-413-7730 or at the Boulder Office of Emergency Management website. Broomfield County provides updates here.
The Boulder Office of Emergency Management asked people just before 9:40 p.m. to stop calling the call center if they are outside of Boulder County.
“If you live outside of Boulder County you are NOT in any danger at this time. Please do not call the Call Center at this time. Call takers are overwhelmed and there is no danger to other counties at this time. As always, stay alert to your surroundings,” OEM tweeted.
If you live outside of Boulder County you are NOT in any danger at this time. Please do not call the Call Center at this time. Call takers are overwhelmed and there is no danger to other counties at this time. As always, stay alert to your surroundings.— Boulder OEM (@BoulderOEM) December 31, 2021
The call center will close at 11:30 p.m. Thursday and reopen at 9 a.m. on Friday, OEM said. Residents outside of Boulder County are encouraged to call their counties for information.
The Community Foundation Boulder County has set up a Boulder County Wildfire Fund for people wanting to donate in relation to the Marshall Fire and Middle Fork Fire.
People who wish to open their homes to displaced residents can sign up through the Boulder Office of Emergency Management to become a vetted Airbnb host through the Open Homes Program. The OEM is also encouraging household items be donated to thrift stores. Click here for more information.
You can also donate through the Denver7 Gives Fund. Just click here and select “December Wildfires” in the drop-down menu below or by clicking in the image below. One-hundred percent of the proceeds will go toward the families affected by the wildfire.
The YMCA of Northern Colorado said earlier Thursday it was in need of donated supplies but said as of 8 p.m. its needs had been fulfilled.
The kindness of the Boulder County community is on full display! We are so grateful. We are no longer in need of food or supplies for the time being. pic.twitter.com/RzyNStDtkI— YMCA of Northern Colorado (@YMCANOCO) December 31, 2021