Snow blanketed metro Denver Friday night putting out hotspots and preventing further spread of the Marshall fire in Boulder County.
Communities in the affected burn areas received as much as 10 inches and frigid temperatures.
But now many people whose homes didn’t burn are without gas and electricity in freezing temperatures expected to stick around through the weekend.
About 7,500 Excel customers in the Boulder area were without electric service Saturday morning. Those who can accept service are expected to be restored today, but natural gas service restoration will take a few days, according to Excel. About 13,000 people are without gas. Temperatures will stay in the single digits through Saturday.
Superior also shut off water in affected areas to restore pressure and prevent pipes from freezing. Crews are working to prevent further damage to homes.
People who are without gas and cannot heat their homes can pick-up an electric heater from the Red Cross shelter at the YMCA in Lafayette at 2800 Dagny Way or at the Boulder YWCA at 2222 14th St. between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. this Saturday or Sunday.
Two still missing after fire
Two people are missing from the Marshall Fire, according to the Colorado Sun. On Friday, Gov. Jared Polis said there would be a “New Year’s miracle” if no fatalities result from the fires.
The Boulder Office of Emergency Management did not respond to CPR News request for comment before time of publication.
Biden approves major disaster declaration
President Joe Biden approved a major disaster declaration for the grass fires in and near Boulder County. This will enable residents and business owners to apply for loans and grants for things like repairs and temporary housing. The Marshall Fire has burned an approximate 6,000 acres, according to the Boulder Office of Emergency Management. Tens of thousands of people evacuated from Superior and Louisville Thursday.
Pelle said Friday officials estimated some 500 homes had been destroyed in the fires, but added that he “wouldn’t be surprised if it was 1,000.”
Those seeking to apply can visit www.disasterassistance.gov or call 1-800-621- 3362.