Live updates: More than 6K acres burned in Boulder County fire

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Snow covers the burned remains of homes on Mulberry Street after the Marshall Wildfire Saturday, Jan.1, 2022, in Louisville, Colo. A drastic change in weather delivered a half-foot of snow and frigid temperatures on Saturday, compounding the misery of Colorado residents struggling to emerge from a wildfire that destroyed hundreds of homes and left two people missing. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. (KDVR) – The Rocky Mountain Area Type 1 Incident Management Team said the Marshall Fire burned 6,219 acres and the fire is 62% contained Saturday night.

View a map and searchable list of businesses and homes destroyed here.

The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office said three people have been confirmed missing, two in Superior and one in Marshall, and the structures they were in were completely destroyed. Police said the weather has hindered the search and recovery efforts for the missing people and cadaver dogs will be brought in to assist crews on Sunday.

A 91-year-old Superior woman was reported missing from her family.

Some of those living in the area devastated by the Marshall Fire have been allowed to return to their neighborhoods in specific areas. However, many areas are still restricted to residents. For a current list of area restrictions, see the below map:

Louisville Police Chief Dave Hayes said all pre-evacuations in Louisville have been lifted and the “soft closure areas” will require ID to re-enter. He said “hard closure areas” will remain closed and all residents should be cautious when returning.

Electricity restoration was expected to finish on Saturday to all locations that could accept service.

The Post Office in Louisville has mail ready for pick up Sunday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. for those affected by the fire.

Natural gas restoration for the 13,000 impacted locations began on Saturday, with service expected to return for most by Tuesday. For people without heat, Xcel Energy is distributing space heaters at the following locations on Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.:

  • Red Cross shelter at YMCA in Lafayette at 2800 Dagny Way
  • Boulder YWCA at 2222 14th St.
  • Superior Community Center on 1500 Coalton Road

Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle said a total of 991 structures were destroyed and 127 were damaged in the Marshall Fire.

  • Louisville: 553 destroyed, 45 damaged
  • Superior: 332 destroyed, 60 damaged
  • Unincorporated Boulder County: 106 destroyed, 22 damaged

Fueled by high winds, the fire moved quickly through neighborhoods Thursday, covering more than 6,000 acres. Hot spots remain, but no further significant damage is expected and snow has fallen in the area.

What to know

Evacuations and shelters

Evacuation areas remain in effect. All pre-evacuation orders for Louisville were lifted Saturday. The evacuation and pre-evacuation orders in Broomfield were lifted early Friday.

Shelters are open for anyone who lost their home, or unable to return home.

An emergency call center has been set up for residents needing information: 303-413-7730.

Overall, police are asking people to avoid any areas in the burn scar, and to stay away from locations under an evacuation area until officials say it is safe to return.

Boil water advisory

Superior and Louisville are currently under boil water advisories. Health officials are warning not to drink the water and to boil water that is coming out of tap.

Road closures

US-36 reopened at 2 p.m. Friday after having been closed in both directions between the Wadsworth exit and Boulder for about 24 hours. The exists to McCaslin Boulevard remain closed

CO-170 is closed in both directions from Superior to CO-93. There are many other road closures in the area as well.

See all road closures from Boulder Office of Emergency Management and from the Colorado Department of Transportation.

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