GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KREX) – The most destructive fire in Colorado history is contained in most but not all places Friday (12/31).
Authorities tell us the fire shouldn’t gain any more ground, thanks to a storm dumping much needed snow. “Well you know its a pretty profound loss to lose a house, but my wife and I are safe and uninjured and at the moment I am glad she didn’t take the drive over with me this morning cause I think, its breaking my heart and I am sure it would break hers too,” Ron, a Louisville Resident says.
The devastating Marshall fire torched the towns of Superior and Louisville Thursday (12/30) to become the most destructive fire in Colorado history.
To put it in perspective, the three largest fires in state history, burned through 200,000 acres each, in the Summer of 2020. “That’s a number, those are huge numbers, but what’s important to recognize is that while there were some structures lost, those were largely BLM U.S. Forest Service land,” Governor Jared Polis says.
Fueled by high winds what makes this fire so destructive is how quickly it swept through neighborhoods. “This area of Boulder County, is right in and around suburban sub-developments, stores,” Gov. Polis says, “It’s like the neighborhood that you live in, its like a neighborhood that any of us live in and so 1600 acres near a population center can and is in this case, absolutely devastating.”
With fire leaping football field sized areas in seconds authorities forced all 13,000 residents of Superior, residents of Louisville, and Broomfield to evacuate. “There’s ashes in the sky and fire on the ground, so pretty scary,” an unnamed Louisville resident said.
Gov. Polis and the Boulder County Sheriff, flew over the blackened structures. “When its safe to do so, we’ll start the emotional and pain full process of assessing damages,” Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle says
President Biden approved a disaster declaration and Gov. Polis a state of emergency unlocking disaster relief funds for those who will end 2021 and start the new year homeless. “I have a hope that my photographs are still there, but I am not sure I will be able to live there for a while,” Louisville resident said.
Only then can the recovery process begin.
The Community Foundation of Boulder County, set up a fund to assist those impacted by the Marshall fire, but so has one Grand Junction business owner.
Lance Ferguson and his family own a dog training business called Ruff Around the Edges. When they heard about the Marshall fire they graciously offered their business as a drop off and donation center for all Western Slope residents who would like to help./
The Ferguson family will accept donations for fire victims, and is inviting the community to join them in raising funds, why help? Lance and his family lost their own home to a wildfire and know how devastating it can be. Now they’re looking to support other families affected by the Marshall fire. “I’d have to say I am not over it yet, I don’t know if I ever will be,” Lance Ferguson says, “So I know what a lot of people are going through, for a lot of people its the worst thing you’ve ever been through, and they need help, and we need to help them and because we were helped, that is something that we make sure we want to do.”
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.
For more information on how you can get involved visit Ruff Around the Edges Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/lancefergusonanimaltrainer/
Or they can be contacted by email, email@example.com phone, (970) 424 – 8616 or website, https://ruff-aroundtheedges.com/