After sparking on Dec. 30, the Marshall fire became the most destructive wildfire in Colorado history, destroying at least 991 structures and damaging another 127 in Superior, Louisville and unincorporated Boulder County.
Firefighters reached 100% containment on the perimeter of the blaze Monday evening, ending the fire's spread at 6,026 acres, according to the Boulder Office of Emergency Management.
Here are a few ways to help those affected by the fire :
- Here are a few GoFundMe pages created to assist those affected and the first responders who came to their aid:
- Colorado Responds has a newsletter detailing how people can donate or volunteer to help those in need. Visit coloradoresponds.org.
- Floyd's Barbershop is mat
- The Center for Disaster Philanthropy has a Colorado Wildfires Recovery Fund that will go to communities across the state working to rebuild and recover from the fires. Visit disasterphilanthropy.org/cdp-fund/cdp-colorado-wildfires-recovery-fund.
- University of Colorado is also offering ways for the community to help through its Buffs Together program, which grants emergency funds to students, faculty and staff. CU also said they would announce volunteer opportunities in the coming days and weeks. Visit colorado.edu/fire-resources.
- Community Foundation Boulder County has created the Boulder County Wildfire Fund that will go to supporting the needs of the community. Visit commfound.org/grants/get-grant/Boulder-County-Wildfire-Fund. Westerra Credit Union is matching donations up to $50,000 until Jan. 31. Anyone can contribute by typing "Westerra Credit Union" in the "Comment to Fundraiser" Field. Members can also visit a Westerra Branch or call 303-321-4209 to make a donation and have it matched.
- All Floyd's 99 Barbershops in Colorado are participating in the company's initiative to match up to $20,000 of collected donations to the Boulder County Wildfire Fund until Jan. 16.
- 74 QDOBA locations in Colorado are participating in an initiative to match donations up to $10,000 until Jan. 31.
- The American Red Cross of Colorado said cash donations are the best way to ensure disaster survivors receive support, the organization's Facebook page reads. But the organization also works with local community groups that accept donated goods. A list of those organizations can be found online at bocovoad.org.
- Coloradogives.org is also accepting monetary donations.
- Sister Carmen is accepting limited donations. Visit sistercarmen.org.
- People who wish to provide shelter to those displaced by the fire can sign up to be a vetted host at Airbnb.com.
- Finally, for those in the area, some four-legged friends other furry friends have been separated from their families during the height of evacuations. Many on social media are attempting to reunite pets with their families. The Boulder County Fire Lost & Found Pets group on Facebook was created Thursday for just such a purpose.