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January 2, 2022

Additional updates for re-entry of evacuated Marshall Fire residents – Jan. 2, 2022


Boulder County, Colo. - Beginning on January 2, 2022 at 12 p.m., additional residents within the Marshall Fire area will be allowed to return to their homes. There are no changes to evacuation status in unincorporated Boulder County.

  • If your home is in a hard closure area, you will not be allowed to return home at this time. Areas included in the hard closure are listed below.
  • If your home is within a soft closure area, an ID will be required for re-entry. Areas included in the soft closure are listed below. Please be patient as lines could be long at the checkpoints.

Officials continue to assess conditions in communities to allow re-entry of residents as soon as it is safe. There are still several areas of concern within the fire area, and it will take time for firefighters to methodically secure each structure to ensure the area is safe for re-entry. Firefighters are reporting flareups and rekindling of structures that had previously burned. Fire weakened structures can collapse without warning and pose serious threat to public safety.

It is also important to remember that fire may have changed the environment around your home and community; please be cautious when returning to your home and neighborhood. Be prepared to see your community changed in ways that you do not expect and take time if you need it. Here are some additional things to consider when returning home:

  • Only residents with addresses within a soft closure area are allowed to enter the area. Residents should return to their homes and stay on their property. Do not wander into other areas of the fire or into areas that remain under a hard closure.
  • Hard closures are open to emergency personnel only and should not be entered on foot, bicycle, or by any other means. Members of the public who enter these hard closure areas are hampering fire and recovery operations and, as a result, it will take longer for fire and response operations to be completed and additional areas to be opened.
  • Vehicles that are parked along roadways can impede operations and may be impounded.
  • When returning home or traveling through the fire area, residents are asked to slow their speeds and be alert to incident personnel working in the area and hazards such as weakened trees and structures.
  • Residents are asked to limit driving to daylight hours only, to go directly to their homes, and remain in and around their home.
  • There is no potable water in the affected area so residents should be prepared to bring bottled water with them for all water needs, including for pets. Never use water you think may be contaminated to wash dishes, brush teeth, prepare food, wash hands, make ice or baby formula.
  • Power, gas, and water may not be restored by the time you are allowed to re-enter. Please do not call 911 or utility companies. They are working as quickly as they can to restore utilities.
  • With the power outages, food in your refrigerator and freezer may be contaminated or spoiled. Dispose of any food that has been exposed to smoke, soot or heat or has thawed. Dumpsters will be placed in central locations for food disposal. Please do not use personal trash cans.
  • As residents return to the fire area, if there are signs that suspicious activity has occurred, please call the Tipline at 303-441-3674. If suspicious activity is occurring, please call 911 or the non-emergency line at 303-441-4444.

Closure Changes*

Town of Superior Soft Closure

  • South Pitkin Avenue
  • East Gill Way
  • East Heartstrong Street
  • South Elbert Court
  • Vernon Lane
  • Campo Way
  • Masters Court
  • Eldorado Circle
  • Edison Place
  • South Indiana Street from Rock Creek Parkway to Eldorado Circle/Drive Intersection
    • Eldorado Drive remains closed, no access

* All other areas not listed above or not previously moved to soft closure remain in hard closure. Please reference the PIO Map at https://www.boulderoem.com/emergency-status/