Shocking and heartbreaking
The images on television … the magnitude of the devastation wrought by the Marshall Fire in Boulder County … is almost impossible to comprehend.
- 6,000 acres
- 0% containment (but thankfully not expected to grow)
- Up to 1,000 homes lost
- The bright spot at this moment is that according to the Boulder County Sheriff, they are not aware of any associated fatalities.
Many needs … and many ways to help
Many people in the affected areas who didn’t lose their homes are without utilities. Many, many people will need long-term housing. So the biggest need is rentals at the moment.
- If you own rentals/vacation homes, etc. and have something coming open, please let me know.
- If you are in need of temporary housing for you and/or your pets, also reach out to me because I know of people who can help with both.
- You can also check 303rent.com for available rentals.
Of course, everyone who had to evacuate is likely to be in need of clothing, hygiene items, and food and water (for people and pets). Those of us on the south end of the metro area can drop off water, hygiene essentials, and pet food to:
- (Saturday, Jan. 1) Second Chance Bicycles at 4122 S Parker Rd in Aurora will have a large truck in the front parking lot from 9a-3p
And undoubtedly, fire victims will be in need of funds. Here are a few to consider:
- HomeSmart has a fund set up and you can donate here (and if you need assistance you can make your request here).
- The Boulder County Community Wildfire Fund will work in partnership with government and nonprofit organizations to support the needs of the community as they emerge. You can donate here.
- American Red Cross is also accepting donations to support their work providing resources such as evacuation centers. You can donate here.
We’re stronger together
Your caring and generosity will have a profound impact on your fellow Coloradoans.