New areas of Louisville and Superior reopen to residents after Marshall fire

Boulder County officials continued to open up neighborhoods impacted by Marshall fire evacuations to residents this weekend, allowing more people to return to survey the destruction left by Thursday’s fast-moving wildfire.

Residents with identification can now enter the areas of Louisville around West Hemlock Circle, Fillmore Court, West Sandbar Circle, West Pinyon Way and Owl Drive from West Pine to Polk, officials said Saturday evening.

In Superior, residents can return to neighborhoods accessed from Rock Creek Parkway between McCaslin Boulevard and Coalton Road, on the north and east sides only. Neighborhoods to the south of Coalton Road also opened Saturday evening, according to the Boulder Office of Emergency Management.

The Marshall fire burned 6,219 acres last week, destroyed nearly 1,000 structures and left three people missing and feared dead. The blaze was blanketed with snow and is considered 62% contained, fire officials said Saturday.

Fire crews are still tackling hot spots, officials said, and some smoke and smoldering was expected Sunday as temperatures warmed. Parts of Louisville and much of Superior remained totally closed Sunday because of unsafe conditions.

“It will take firefighters some time to methodically go around each structure to ensure that they are out and pose no hazard to the fire perimeter or adjacent unburned structures,” Boulder’s Office of Emergency Management said in a statement.

More than 700 people have made insurance claims to State Farm connected to the fire, the company said Sunday, including 545 home insurance claims and 175 car insurance claims. The company is Colorado’s largest insurer.

People who lost their homes in the fire can pick up their mail at the U.S. Post Office in Louisville on Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle said Saturday that investigators were looking into a video that circulated on social media that claimed to show a barn on fire in southeast Boulder County. He said officials served a search warrant on a local property, but would not say where or why.

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