Officials from Boulder County led a news conference at Sunday afternoon to provide updates on recovery efforts after the massive Marshall fire that devastated the communities of Superior and Louisville.
- A man who was missing and feared dead in the Marshall fire was found alive, Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle announced Sunday. The search for two others, a woman from Louisville and a man from the Marshall area, continued with the assistance of cadaver dogs.
- The fire remained 62% contained as of Sunday afternoon after growing to 6,219 acres with nearly 1,000 structures destroyed in Colorado's most destructive fire in state history.
- Around 1,600 people remained without power on Sunday after roughly 100,000 people lost electric service because of the fire, wind and snowstorm in recent days, said Alice Jackson, the president of Xcel Energy Colorado during an afternoon news conference.
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Earlier Sunday, Gov. Jared Polis and Deanne Criswell, head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, also held a news conference at noon.
Updates from the noon Sunday news conference
- One of three persons reported missing have been found. Search efforts for the other two are continuing.
- "I know many of you are also worried about frozen pipes and other issues, but everybody is moving as fast as they can to get folks back in safely," Polis said.
Gov. Jared Polis and Deanne Criswell, head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, will hold a news conference in a few minutes and will releases the latest on the #MarshallFire. Follow along here and @DenverGazette for the latest.— David Mullen (@mullen_david) January 2, 2022
- About 100 FEMA personnel are currently assigned to the fire recovery, Criswell said.
- "To come back to this is shocking," said Criswell, who has spent much of her life and career in Colorado.
- "The pictures that I was seeing on the television before today, just don't even come close to what you see when you go look at it in person," Criswell said.
- "We'll be able to work together to make sure that we recover as strong as we can and we know we will. Colorado always does," Sen. Michael Bennet said.
Denver Gazette news partner 9News has reported that Nadine Turnbull, 91, of Old Town Superior was among the missing. When the fire spread to Turnbull's home, her family tried to rescue her but were turned back by the flames.