Marshall Fire: Devastation in Boulder and Jefferson counties

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BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. — The Marshall Fire burning south of Boulder is now the most destructive fire in Colorado history. Strong winds knocked down power lines in Boulder Thursday afternoon, sparking the fire and causing them to spread rapidly.

The Marshall Fire was reported just after 11 a.m. Thursday and spread quickly throughout the day, reaching around 1,600 acres by the evening and destroying hundreds of homes.

Two fires sparked yesterday morning near Boulder. The Middle Fork Fire burns north of Boulder, nearest to North Foothills Highway and Middle Fork Road. The Middle Fork Fire was reported just before 10:30 a.m., but according to officials, it was attacked quickly and under monitoring by late afternoon with no structures reported lost.

Members of the Colorado Springs Fire Department, as well as the Fort Carson, Cimmaron Hills Fire, and several other local fire departments, are in Boulder County helping fight the fire.

Local community members are coming out and helping do their part. Owners of Santiago’s Mexican Restaurant, Eric and Martina Casados, donated breakfast to the Red Cross at the YMCA in Northern Colorado for volunteers and victims of the fires.

No fatalities have been reported, and the sheriff’s had received no missing person reports as of Friday morning.

According to a rep with Red Cross, there has been an overwhelming amount of support from the community, from food to toiletries to things for babies being donated. They are now asking people to call the YMCA of Northern Colorado first before showing up to see what is needed.

Just after 8 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 31, we’re slowly getting a better look at the full scale of damages done to the area by the Marshall Fire.

More than 30,000 people have been evacuated, and nearly 600 homes lost so far. According to officials, there have been no reported deaths, six people impacted by the fire were being treated at an area hospital, and a police officer reported an eye injury when wind-blown debris flew into it.

This is a developing story. Stick with FOX21 News for the latest.

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