"Colorado Residents Ponder the Road Ahead After Wildfires"

"Days after what might be the most damaging wildfire in state history, residents are just beginning to make sense of the long road back and the extent of the damage."

"LOUISVILLE, Colo. — Kathe Perez can barely process what she lost in the incineration of the three-bedroom home she’s lived in for the past three decades.

“I haven’t slept for three nights,” she said on Sunday. “I can’t stop crying. I can’t talk. I feel in a daze. My soul is crushed.”

And yet, when she looks to the future, she sees only one option.

“I have high optimism,” she said. “Everyone says you can’t imagine this happening to you. But when it’s right in front of you, we’re built for this. You can only do the next thing. But first, rebuild it.”

Her home is one of more than two dozen in her neighborhood in Louisville, Colo., destroyed by the devastating Marshall fire, which consumed roughly 1,000 homes in suburban neighborhoods between Denver and Boulder on Thursday."

Charlie Brennan and Giulia Heyward report for the New York Times January 2, 2022.


2 Missing And Feared Dead, 991 Structures Destroyed In Marshall Fire, Boulder Sheriff Says (Denver Post)

"Colorado’s Marshall Fire: Climate Change And Growing Population Led To Disaster In Boulder County, Scientists Say" (Denver Post)

"Disaster Declared in Colorado After Fire That ‘Felt Like the Apocalypse’" (Guardian and wires)

"Disaster Declared in Colorado After Fire That ‘Felt Like the Apocalypse’" (New York Times)

"How Extreme Climate Conditions Fueled Unprecedented Colorado Fire" (Washington Post)

"Climate Change, New Construction Mean More Ruinous Fires" (AP)

"Colorado Saw the Return of the Urban Firestorm" (New York Magazine)

"It's December, and Colorado Is Living Through Its Most Destructive Wildfire in History" (Earther)

"2 Missing; Survivors Count Blessings After Colorado Fire" (AP)

"Police Pinpoint Starting Point of Historic Colorado Wildfire" (Bloomberg Environment)

Source: NYTimes, 01/03/2022