Colorado Wildfire Becomes Worst in State History in Matter of Hours

by Madison Miller
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It’s been an outright devastating year for wildfires. Fires have scorched a line of destruction in a number of Western states and several of these events have also become record-breaking.

The Marshall Fire is sadly historic as well.

The Colorado Wildfire Destroyed Hundreds of Homes

This is a wildfire that is burning south of Boulder, Colorado. It has destroyed more homes than any wildfire in Colorado state history. The high winds caused the fire to continue to spread. It engulfed subdivisions in flames and caused thousands to desperately flee their homes, unsure if they would ever see it in one piece again.

According to WGN-TV, Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle has shared that more than 580 homes have been reported as burned as of Thursday evening. This doesn’t include businesses or other kinds of buildings burned from the fire. It also does not yet account for homes destroyed in Louisville and other parts of the area.

It is not at all the largest wildfire in state history, however, the Marshall Fire proved to be just as destructive. The fire may end up being twice as destructive as the last major fire that burned in Southern California, the Black Forest Fire.

This fire occurred in 2013 in El Paso County and destroyed 511 homes. It also killed two people that were in the process of leaving their homes. Other fires that were destructive to homes include the East Troublesome Fire, the Waldo Canyon Fire, and the High Park Fire.

As of now, the Marshall Fire has not killed anyone. It has, however, injured six people and one first responder.

These fires in Colorado are strange, seeing as it’s late in the winter season for this to be happening. Both Louisville and Superior are under evacuation orders.

More on the Marshall Fire

The fire, which began Thursday morning, has so far carved a path of destruction that equals about 1,600 acres. Now, close to 30,000 people are forced to evacuate.

The devastation has wiped out entire subdivisions.

For example, a single subdivision located west of Superior was wiped out by the fire. This was about 370 homes. Meanwhile, about 210 homes are reported destroyed in Old Town Superior.

The weather has been enough to give Colorado residents whiplash. The fires that burned on Thursday luckily subdued during the night. Now, however, the areas once scalded by fire less than 24 hours ago are now under a winter weather warning on Friday morning. It’s quite the balance of two very different extremes. In fact, the area is expected to get between five to 10 inches of snow leading up to Saturday.

According to CNN, authorities suspect that power lines falling are what sparked this Marshall Fire. After that, the winds gusts of over 100 mph helped to fuel the massive blaze.