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Marshall Fire
Smoke covers a neighborhood in the Marshall Fire on Dec. 30, 2021.

Marshall Fire

The Boulder County Call Center’s last day for the Marshall Fire was Jan. 21 at 3 p.m. Please call 211 for non-emergency assistance.
The Boulder Fires and Wind Donations and Resource Center at the Flatiron Crossing Mall (former Nordstrom) is no longer accepting public donations. For large bulk donations, please schedule in advance at 720-574-2300.

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If you have been displaced or otherwise impacted by the Marshall Fire, you can apply for financial assistance.

Disaster Recovery

Boulder County is transitioning our Marshall Fire response, resources, and staffing from immediate emergency assistance to longer-term recovery. All organizations that have been at the Disaster Assistance Center in Lafayette will continue to provide services at their traditional locations and online, and some are relocating their disaster assistance work to the Marshall Fire Donations and Resource Center at Flatirons Crossing Mall in Broomfield. Visit Disaster Assistance Center Resources for a full list of all organizations that have been at the Disaster Assistance Center.

Some federal and state operations, such as FEMA and the Small Business Administration, will remain onsite as a Disaster Recovery Center Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 pm. at 1755 S. Public Road in Lafayette. See the FEMA press release for details.

Detailed damage assessment inspections have been conducted in the field. View a countywide map (searchable by address) at boco.org/MarshallFireDamageAssessmentMap.

There will continue to be ongoing verification of damage. To self-report a damaged or destroyed structure that is not shown on the map, please visit boco.org/MarshallFireSelfReport.

The Disability & Disaster Hotline

Disaster Distress Helpline for Deaf ASL Users

  • 800-985-5990

Direct Contact for Older Adults & People with Disabilities

Help for Medicaid Members

Center for People with Disabilities

Donate Funds

Monetary donations can be made to help those impacted by the wildfires through the Boulder County Wildfire Fund, managed by Community Foundation Boulder County: https://www.commfound.org.

Donate Materials

Boulder Fire & High Wind Disaster Relief Donation and Resource Center (Marshall Fire Donation and Resource Center)

Visit the State of Colorado’s website about the Marshall Fire Donation and Resource Center and latest updates.

Location: Flatirons Crossing Mall, former Nordstrom’s location between Macy’s and Dick’s Sporting Goods: 21 W Flatiron Crossing Drive, Broomfield, CO.

Drop-off hours: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily

  • For donation drop-offs, please use center/north entrance.
  • For bulk donations and bulk items arriving via truck, drop-offs must be scheduled in advance by calling 720-574-2300.
  • Please read the CURRENT NEEDS LIST and LIST OF UNACCEPTABLE ITEMS.

Distribution and services for affected individuals are from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily. Please use west entrance, closer to Macy’s.

Items Not Accepted

  • No ash sifters
  • Baby/Child equipment: Cribs & Car Seats cannot be accepted
  • No Used Helmets
  • No projectile releasing items: guns of any type and size, (we do not have the ability to do background checks on guns), bow and arrows
  • No furniture–new furniture donations may be accepted at a separate site equipped to handle large items. Check back here for further details.
  • No home processed canned foods
  • All food packages must come unopened to us.
  • No used underwear—must come in the original packaged unopened
  • No prescription medication, except unopened/unexpired, over-the-counter items
  • Personal Hygiene items: All items must have the manufacturer’s seal intact.
  • No used clothing, bedding or towels
  • No used pots and pans

Volunteer

To volunteer to support recovery efforts, please register at: https://coloradoresponds.communityos.org/.

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FEMA Assistance for Residents & Businesses

FEMA Mitigation Assistance at local home improvement stores

Colorado encourages all individuals impacted by the Marshall Fire to apply for FEMA’s Individual Assistance Program. Individuals should first call their insurance agents and then apply for federal assistance. If you do not have rental or home insurance, please apply for FEMA assistance.

FEMA FAQs:

  • Applying for Assistance
  • After you have Applied for Assistance
  • Assistance Information for Undocumented Residents

Residents and business owners who sustained losses in the designated counties can begin applying for assistance tomorrow by registering online or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice. If you use a relay service, such as video relay service (VRS), captioned telephone service or others, give FEMA the number for that service.

Financial Assistance

Applications will be accepted online for financial assistance for those displaced or otherwise impacted by the Marshall Fire.

www.boco.org/MarshallFireApplyForAssistance

Please see the Frequently Asked Questions about the financial assistance that is currently available, including more information about how to apply and eligibility.

If you need to contact us about your application, please email HHSMarshallFire@bouldercounty.org.

This financial assistance is available to anyone who suffered the following as a result of the Marshall Fire:

  • Has a home that was destroyed or damaged
  • Was forced to evacuate
  • Lost the ability to work (including home businesses)
  • Lost “tools of the trade” (excludes computers or computer equipment)
    • For all loss of wages, work, or tools of the trade submissions, applicants must be able to demonstrate they have already submitted an application for Unemployment benefits
  • Has a home tagged as uninhabitable due to smoke, ash, or other hazardous conditions
    • Note: those who have received funding for a damaged or destroyed home are not eligible for this funding
    • Applicants must complete the online crisis tracker at www.boco.org/MarshallFireSelfReport prior to application
  • Has a small local business that was destroyed or damaged

Applicants will be contacted by text message or phone call within seven days after submitting the application to pick up the funds, if eligible.

Disaster SNAP

Individuals and families who live and/or work in zip codes 80020, 80021, 80026, 80027, or 80303, may qualify for a one-time payment to help replace food that was destroyed or ruined. The Disaster SNAP (D-SNAP) program provides emergency benefits for low- to moderate-income households who were impacted by the Marshall Fire and severe weather events. Visit cdhs.colorado.gov/DSNAP-Boulder to see a table of eligibility by income.

How to Apply

Residents must apply between January 24 and February 1 (excluding Saturday, January 29 and Sunday, January 30). Applications must be completed in-person at the St. Vrain Community Hub (515 Coffman Street in Longmont) or over the phone (303-441-1000; option 3) Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Individuals will need to bring:

  • A picture I.D.
  • Verification they lived or worked in the impacted ZIP codes
  • A paystub or other verification of income from the month of December, when the fires occurred, may be required

Disaster Relief (Colorado Association of Realtors)

Assistance is available to qualified applicants towards one of the following options:

  1. Monthly mortgage expense for the primary residence that was damaged by the Wildfire Disaster or;
  2. Rental cost due to displacement from the primary residence resulting from the Wildfire Disaster.

Relief assistance is limited to a maximum of $3,000 per household. Deadline for application submission is April 8, 2022. Please note this assistance is for housing relief only; other expenses including second mortgages(home equity lines or loans), hotel/motel expenses, clothing, appliances, equipment, vehicle purchase, rental or repair and or mileage are ineligible for reimbursement under this program. Visit bit.ly/CARBOCOFireRelief for application information.

Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA)

DUA provides unemployment benefits and re-employment assistance services to eligible survivors affected by a Presidentially-declared major disaster. These services are under the responsibility of the U.S. Department of Labor and administered by the state, territorial, tribal, and local government emergency management officials of the affected area(s). DUA is only available to those eligible survivors who are not eligible for regular state unemployment insurance (UI).

Small Business Administration

The Small Business Administration offers disaster assistance in the form of low interest loans to businesses, nonprofit organizations, homeowners, and renters located in regions affected by declared disasters. SBA also provides eligible small businesses and nonprofit organizations with working capital to help overcome the economic injury of a declared disaster.

Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

Special tax law provisions may help taxpayers and businesses recover financially from the impact of a disaster, especially when the federal government declares their location to be a major disaster area. Depending on the circumstances, the IRS may grant additional time to file returns and pay taxes. Both individuals and businesses in a federally declared disaster area can get a faster refund by claiming losses related to the disaster on the tax return for the previous year, usually by filing an amended return.

For more information from the IRS regarding assistance during a disaster, please visit IRS Disaster Assistance and Emergency Relief for Individuals and Businesses.

Boulder Area Rental Housing Association

Boulder County’s partner, the Boulder Area Rental Housing Association (BARHA), is currently listing available housing resources for community members impacted by the Marshall Fire. Displaced residents can visit www.MarshallFireHousing.com for available properties and resources. Please note that Boulder County is sharing this list as a resource and is not currently coordinating these housing listings.

Help for Renters and Landlords

The City of Boulder’s Community Mediation and Resolution Center can help renters and landlords navigate the impacts of the Marshall Fire. See their flyer, Tips for Landlords and Tenants in Navigating Rental Issues Following Wind and Fire Damage, for details or contact them at 303-441-4364 to find out about how they can help.

Community Partners

Help, including financial assistance, may also be available through community non-profit organizations such as Sister Carmen Community Center in Lafayette, EFAA in Boulder, and OUR Center in Longmont.

Boulder County Fire Victim Application For Disaster Relief

Assistance is available to qualified applicants towards one of the following options:

  1. Monthly mortgage expense for the primary residence that was damaged by the Wildfire Disaster or;
  2. Rental cost due to displacement from the primary residence resulting from the Wildfire Disaster.

Relief assistance is limited to a maximum of $3,000 per household. Deadline for application submission is April 8, 2022. Please note this assistance is for housing relief only; other expenses including second mortgages(home equity lines or loans), hotel/motel expenses, clothing, appliances, equipment, vehicle purchase, rental or repair and or mileage are ineligible for reimbursement under this program.

Housing Resources Flyer

Property Insurance Coverage

If your property is damaged or destroyed, the guidance provided below will help you get started on the road to recovery, make good decisions, and keep moving forward:

Each insurance provider and policy is different, so be sure to reach out to your specific provider for more information about your coverage options for cleanup and the options for the future of your property. If you do not have rental or home insurance, please apply for FEMA assistance.

Frequently Asked Insurance Questions

  • Underinsurance: In response to the needs of those affected by the Marshall Fire, the Colorado Division of Insurance (the Division) has posted a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Underinsurance. The Division is aware that many homeowners impacted by the Marshall Fire are concerned that they may not be fully insured for partial or total losses, which is commonly referred to as “underinsurance.” These FAQs were developed based on questions the Division received during its January 4 town hall and questions Division staff have received at the Disaster Assistance Center.
  • Additional Living Expenses: The Colorado Division of Insurance has posted a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Additional Living Expenses (ALE) coverage that is part of many homeowners and renters insurance policies. Also called “Coverage D – Additional Living Expenses (or Loss of Use),” the purpose of ALE is to help you if your home is a total loss or rendered uninhabitable due to damage.

Find more information about insurance and the Marshall Fire on the Division’s Marshall Fire Response website. You can reach the Division’s Consumer Services Team by calling 303-894-7490, or by sending an email to DORA_Insurance@state.co.us.

Health Insurance

Connect for Health Colorado

Connect for Health Colorado has opened a Special Enrollment Period for health insurance for all Coloradans affected by the wildfires and/or COVID-19 through March 16. There is free, expert help available to all Coloradans when choosing and enrolling in a health plan. Visit the Disaster Special Enrollment Period webpage.

BCBA Virtual Free Legal Clinic

Provides free legal advice appointments with volunteer attorneys on a variety of issues. Apply online at https://www.boulder-bar.org/ or call 303-440-4758.

Bridge to Justice

Provides civil legal services for people who do not quality for legal aid, but are below the Area Median Income. Some services are free and some are charged at below market rates. Call: 303-443-1038

Boulder County Legal Services/Colorado Legal Services

Provides civil legal services to low-income and senior (60 and over) residents of Boulder county. Apply online at: https://www.coloradolegalservices.org/ or call: 303-449-7575

Rocky Mountain Legal Center

Providing replacement or new estate planning documents at no cost for people affected by the Marshall Fire. Call: 720-242-8642.

One of the key lessons learned from previous wildfire and flood disasters is that these events can have a significant impact on an individual’s well-being. And it impacts everyone differently and at different times, sometimes right away and sometimes months later. Adults and children across the community who were impacted by the fires may experience normal stress response symptoms like mood swings, sleep disruption, and other stress reactions.

View more information on mental health after a wildfire.

Mental Health Partners (24/7)

1-844-493-TALK (8255)

Disaster Distress Helpline

1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746

Colorado Crisis Services (24/7)

1-844-493-TALK (8255) or text TALK to 38255

National Sexual Assault Hotline

1-800-656-HOPE (4673)

Rise Against Suicide

720-212-7527 (M-F 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
Free mental health therapy for young people 0-19

Other Services

Jewish Family Service and Community Foundation Boulder County have partnered to offer counseling services to Boulder County residents.

This program supports the behavioral health needs of those affected by COVID-19 pandemic related stress and the wildfires.

Sister Carmen Community Center: If you have needs related to the fire, please call 303-665-4342 between 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., or stop by 655 Aspen Ridge Drive, Lafayette, 80026.

The American Red Cross has several resources related to emergency preparedness and fire recovery.

Colorado Wildfire Resource Guide

Boulder Small Business Development Center is a countywide nonprofit that helps impacted small businesses navigate resources available, including funding through the SBA, State of CO, Boulder County, the cities and private sources — both grants and loans. SBDC assists businesses with confidential business consulting at no cost. Email admin@bouldersbdc.com or call 303-442-1475.

Domestic Violence Shelters

Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence in Boulder has a shelter and conducts outreach for survivors of domestic violence. Reach them at 303-444-2424.

Safe Shelter of St. Vrain Valley in Longmont has a shelter and conducts outreach for survivors of domestic violence. Reach them at 303-772-4422.

To replace documents destroyed in the fire:

File for replacement documents online at https://www.uscis.gov/. Fees may apply.

Vital Records

Replacement Colorado driver licenses and state IDs: The Colorado Division of Motor Vehicle issues driver licenses and IDs to fire victims.

Replacement home/property deeds, marriage certificates, vehicle titles/registration and more: See the Clerk & Recorder page for information on replacement documents.

Other Vital Records: People needing copies of birth and death certificates and other identification can apply at the Disaster Assistance Center. Additionally, Congressman Joe Neguse’s Office is offering assistance in replacing documents (Social Security cards, passports, drivers’ licenses, birth certificates) that have been lost in the fire. Please email congressmanjoe.neguse@mail.house.gov with a list of documents you need replaced and they will get you connected with a constituent advocate from their office to help you through the process for each document. The office number is 303-335-1045.

Property Tax: The Boulder County Assessor’s office is working alongside the Boulder Office of Emergency Management to assess the damage of properties as safely and efficiently as possible. Please see this Assessor page for more information.

Immigration Documents

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is at the Disaster Assistance Center (1755 S Public Road, Lafayette, CO) to assist individuals who lost immigration documents during the Marshall Fire, including Green Cards, Employment Authorizations, and Certificates of Naturalization/Citizenship. USCIS can expedite replacement documents and provide temporary documents showing proof of lawful permanent residence.

Medicare or temporary drug plan card

To replace or get a temporary Medicare or drug plan card, gather the following information below and send to medicarecounseling@bouldercounty.org or call BOCO SHIP at 303-441-1546 and leave a message for a call back. Items with a * are required information.

  1. Beneficiary Name with SS or Medicare*
  2. Complete Address on file with Social Security or Medicare (for identifying purposes only)*
  3. Date of Birth*
  4. Social Security number*
  5. Contact phone number (for follow-up)
  6. Email where we can email temporary cards
  7. Address where we could mail a temporary Medicare card
  8. If you know, what type of Medicare plan you have

Returning Home Safely After a Fire

After the Disaster Guidebook

Debris Clean-Up Information & Requirements

Complete & Submit a Right of Entry Form Immediately

Anyone who sustained damage to their property or whose home was destroyed should submit a Right of Entry(ROE)/Hold Harmless Agreement Form as soon as possible, even if you are opting out of the debris removal program. The sooner you submit this form the quicker clean-up work can start on your property. The deadline for submitting an ROE is 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 8 (extended from Jan. 26). Send completed forms to:

The County’s Debris Removal Program is a priority for the County. There were many homes destroyed and damaged, and we know this is not just debris. What remains is part of your home, possessions, and memories. We empathize with you and understand that you are all anxious to take the first step to rebuild your homes. We are working on getting the answers you need, but as frustrating as it may be these answers take time.

We do not recommend sifting through ash due to the numerous health concerns associated with disturbing toxic chemicals. If you would still like to proceed with sifting, we strongly recommend retaining the assistance of trained volunteers at Crisis Cleanup by visiting CrisisCleanup.org or by calling 720-206-0627.

Foundation Evaluation & Removal

Fire usually destroys the structural integrity of structure foundations. A foundation must be evaluated by a Colorado Licensed Structural Engineer if you wish to try and re-use it. If the foundation is not reusable, it should be removed as part of the property clean up. A deconstruction permit from Community Planning & Permitting is required for removal of the foundation. Permit applications for deconstruction can be made through Boulder County’s online portal. If the foundation is determined to be intact and structurally sound it may be integrated into the building permit plan set for the new house.

Other Considerations

Post-Fire Smoke Impacts

If your house is still intact but was affected by smoke, please refer to How to Mitigate Post-Fire Smoke Impacts in Your Home by the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Assessments of Wind- & Smoke-Damaged Properties and Curbside Collection Effort

Boulder County staff and representatives have been going door-to-door in Louisville, Superior, and unincorporated Boulder County to assess properties that were not destroyed but may have sustained wind and smoke damage from the Marshall Fire. These assessments will help the county better understand what will need to be collected during the second part of the debris cleanup program’s phase two, which will involve a curbside collection of damaged household items. This collection program will start on Monday, Jan. 31. A schedule of areas has been set and an online map has been developed to show where collection is complete, where it is happening, and which area is next. Curbside collection participants are asked to place items curbside and segregate smoke- and wind-damaged items based on the instructions provided in this flyer – https://boco.org/curbside-collection-info.

Volunteer organizations are available to help residents who need assistance removing smoke and wind-damaged items from their homes for the curbside pickup. Please call the debris hotline at 303-214-3203 or email ROE@bouldercounty.org to get connected with a volunteer organization.

For more information on the curbside debris cleanup program, call the debris hotline at 303-214-3203.

Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems (Septic)

If your tank and/or soil treatment area (leach field) was not damaged it could be reused if the property is redeveloped. Sewer lines should be capped until ready to be reconnected. Consider having the tank pumped as part of your property clean up.

If the property will not be redeveloped, the septic tank should be properly abandoned. Have the tank pumped and then filled with sand or gravel, remove, or crush and leave in place.

When returning to your property, inspect the area where your septic system is located for signs of damage from fire and traffic from fire-fighting operations. If you feel your septic system may have been damaged, discontinue use until a licensed professional has inspected the system. The system may have been impacted if:

  • Plastic piping above ground has melted.
  • Evidence of vehicle traffic in the area of the system.
  • The raised system was in the direct line of fire (i.e. grass on top is scorched).
  • There is damage in the area where the pipes enter the home.

Free Well Water Testing

People whose homes were impacted by the Marshall Fire can access free well water testing from Purdue University.

What to do When Your Onsite Wastewater Treatment System Experiences a Power Outage

Waterlines & Water Wells

If you are serviced by a well inspect your wellhead for damage. If there is damage cover the wellhead and contact a well service provider. If water is supplied by another service provider please contact them directly.

Staying Healthy After a Fire

  • Do not disturb ash or debris from fires!
  • An N95 or equivalent mask is strongly recommended when you’re cleaning your home and if you’re outdoors in burn areas.
    • PLEASE NOTE: Most face coverings worn to protect against COVID-19 are not adequate to protect against the fine ash particles created by a fire.
  • Wipe surfaces with a damp cloth and avoid harsh chemical cleaners – stick with soap and water.
  • Only use vacuum cleaners with a HEPA filter.
  • Take off your shoes before entering your home to avoid spreading ash.
  • Get your HVAC ducts professionally cleaned as soon as you can.
    • Replace your HVAC filters as soon as they appear soiled.
    • Use the highest level of filtration recommended by the manufacturer.
    • Consider an activated carbon pre-filter to reduce odors.
  • Test your fire and carbon monoxide detectors to ensure that they work properly.
  • If you are using a combustion space heater, make sure you follow the manufacturer’s guidance for ventilation to prevent carbon monoxide exposure.
    • Never leave the house or sleep while combustion space heaters are operating.
  • Thoroughly check all visible plumbing fixtures and piping for leaks and be alert for signs of broken pipes inside the walls – especially exterior walls.

Please visit the Marshall Fire-Related Transportation and Transit Resources page for up-to-date information regarding transportation resources for those affected by the Marshall Fire.

Gas, Electric, & Trash

Xcel Energy

Trash:

Large trash receptacles for anyone impacted by the fire have been placed in two locations so far:

  • West side of the intersection of Eldorado Springs Drive/Marshall Road
  • Camden Interlocken Apartments, across from the outdoor community pool (please do not use apartment complex’s regular trash areas) – 705 Eldorado Blvd. Broomfield, CO 80021

City & Town Recovery Info

Residents of impacted cities and towns can find additional information related to fire recovery and response efforts below:

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