GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KFQX) — The Marshall fire quickly became the most destructive fire in Colorado history and now the fire is ranked among the top ten most expensive fires in U.S. history.
The combination of location and Colorado’s high housing cost puts the Marshall fire on the list.
The fire damaged or destroyed between $819 million and $1.6 billion worth of homes alone. This high damage cost comes from an analysis of Zillow home market value estimates of neighborhoods affected, businesses were not included.
According to 2018 records, the $1.6 billion estimate, places the Marshall fire along side the California Valley fire of 2015 and the Great Boston fire of 1872, in terms of most dollars generated by destroyed property.
The Marshall fire was believed to be caused by power lines that were damaged by strong winds that gusted up to 110MPH. Although high winds caused the fire to spread rapidly, officials now believe the fire started from a small grass fire torched a shed on the property of a Boulder religious group called 12 tribes, .
A representative of the group declined to discuss the fire and its origin with our sister station CBS 4.
The community foundation for Boulder County has already received a huge out pouring of donations for victims of the Marshall fire, but it’s not too late to get involved locally.
Lance Ferguson, a local business owner of Ruff Around the Edges and his family have graciously offered their business as a donation and drop off center for residents in Mesa County looking to support marshal fire victims and they need your help filling the truck. “We got off to a slow start and I was wondering if people have heard about it, if we’ve done enough to put the word out about it,” Ferguson says, “Then the next day and ever since its been quite steady with traffic coming in and people are bringing in all sorts of stuff, everybody is doing great.”
The Ferguson family is asking Mesa County residents to drop off, water, non perishable food items, winter clothing and pet supplies that they’ll deliver to Boulder County.
Drop offs are welcome at their North avenue location, 2481 North Ave, anytime between 7AM and 7PM and they are also looking for volunteers.