Parts of Superior to open Monday after the devastation of Marshall Fire
Superior’s downtown will reopen to residents and business owners on Monday, five days after the Marshall Fire burned the area.
The Spanish Hills Subdivision is also expected to reopen by the end of Monday, Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle said at an afternoon press conference. Real-time updates and re-entry details will be posted on the Boulder Office of Emergency Management website.
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“Our teams continue to assess the conditions in the communities that will allow the return of residents as soon as it is safe,” said Pelle. “For the latest updates, be sure to visit our website and check out our maps. It is updated as soon as we make a decision.
The Marshall Fire began on the morning of December 30 amid high winds and destroyed nearly 1,000 structures as it swept through Louisville and Superior. It is the most destructive fire in Colorado history.
Now leaders are focusing on reintegration, reconstruction and restoration of services.
“It will be a long road of return for so many families, not just those who have directly lost their homes, but those whose homes have been damaged and those who do not have a place to work,” said Governor Jared Polis. .
Louisville residents can pick up access passes to bypass soft closures in the area at Ascent Church, 550 McCaslin Blvd., 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. to go to school.
There are still 400 people without electricity inside the combustion path, according to Xcel Energy Colorado president Alice Jackson. She said the majority of those homes will not be able to receive service, but teams are scouring each batch to assess which ones can get back online. This evaluation process will be completed by Thursday.
As for natural gas, 5,000 of the 13,000 customers affected have seen their service restored to date. Teams are rekindling the remaining homes and businesses.
Pelle had no update on the two remaining missing persons, a woman from Superior and a man from the unincorporated part of the county. He also did not have an update on the cause of the fire.
He said the property of the Twelve Tribes was part of the area under surveillance, but stressed the open and ongoing nature of the investigation.
“We are going to recruit the right people with the right expertise. The snow will melt and we will be able to see better. Things are going to happen, ”he said, suggesting that the FBI and ATF could play a role in the investigation. “We’re going to do it well and we’re going to take our time and be methodical, because the stakes are huge.
Those affected by the fire can visit the Disaster Assistance Center at 1755 S. Public Road from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. for assistance with insurance claims, gift cards for essential items, assistance with short and long-term housing, assistance with replacing civil status documents. and other benefits. Many other businesses, restaurants and self-help organizations also offer assistance to evacuees.
“It’s for people who have suffered total loss or loss, you can go there and all the resources you need are in one place,” Polis said.