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Colorado Edition: The Marshall Fire one year later

Smoke plume from the Marshall and Middle Fork wildfires visible from Longmont on Dec. 30, 2021.
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Smoke plume from the Marshall and Middle Fork wildfires visible from Longmont on Dec. 30, 2021.

In our first episode of 2023 we are looking at the legacy of the Marshall Fire. The fire destroyed more than one thousand homes and damaged at least 150 more. The cost of the fire is estimated to top 2 billion dollars. In December, just before the Marshall Fire anniversary, KUNC Reporter Leigh Paterson produced a three-part series that featured personal stories about the fire. In this first installment, Leigh checks in with a firefighter who was on scene.

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As part of her Marshall Fire series, Leigh also spoke to residents who lived through the disaster but are still dealing with the aftermath.

Sterling Folden
Sterling Folden, a deputy chief with Mountain View Fire Rescue, stands outside of his office in Longmont. Folden was one of the first chiefs to arrive on the scene of the Marshall Fire on the morning of December 30th.

The Marshall Fire’s flames destroyed entire neighborhoods in Boulder County. But communities just outside the fire’s boundary were impacted too. Hundreds of mobile homes were damaged by high winds. In the third part of Leigh’s series, she reports from a mobile home park called Table Mesa Village.

Susan Gibson
Susan Gibson points out wind damage to homes in Table Mesa Village, a mobile home park near Boulder. Although flames failed to reach them, high winds on the day of the Marshall Fire damaged hundreds of mobile homes in the area.


Colorado Edition is hosted by Yoselin Meza Miranda and produced by the KUNC newsroom, led by news director Sean Corcoran. Web was edited by digital editor Megan Manata. 

The mission of Colorado Edition is to deepen understanding of life in Northern Colorado through authentic conversation and storytelling. It's available as a podcast oniTunes,Spotify,Google Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.

Colorado Edition is made possible with support fromour KUNC members. Thank you!

Our theme music was composed by Colorado musicians Briana Harris and Johnny Burroughs. Other music in the show byBlue Dot Sessions.

As KUNC's Senior Editor and Reporter, my job is to find out what’s important to northern Colorado residents and why. I seek to create a deeper sense of urgency and understanding around these issues through in-depth, character driven daily reporting and series work.
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