Superior CO fire destroys more than 1,000 homes

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  1. Absolutely heartbreaking news. I’ve reached out to friends in the Front Range area, but haven’t had any reply – not surprising given the scope of the fires. Hoping you and your friends and loved ones remain safe from the firestorm and snowstorm and that the extreme winds abate quickly. What an ending to a challenging year.

    1. I’m used to hearing about forest fires and have often thought I was lucky not to be able to afford a mountain home with all the attendant fire danger. Then this happens. But we’re in a severe drought (only 1.07 inches of precipitation since July 1) and we do get very high winds off the mountains so maybe it was only a matter of time.

      All my family and acquaintances live here in Thornton so we’re okay.

  2. I have a friend who lives in that area and she’s been posting about what it’s like. this sounds so horrible and now with a snowstorm coming…. please be safe

  3. Hmm. I recall reading that property insurance rates do not realistically reflect the risk of natural disasters like fires, hurricanes, flooding and tornadoes. This encourages rebuilding in a way that makes repetitions more likely. I wonder if that’s still true?

    1. I don’t know. I know fires like this raise everyone’s rates. Builders here are well aware of how to build more fire-resistant homes, but given their profit incentive, I imagine homeowners would have to insist on such construction to get it done, and I’d guess that happens mostly in the mountains — where fire insurance, if available at all, is sky high and fire protection is often minimal or non-existent. Mountain homeowners are aware of fire mitigation steps they can take — such as clearing their perimeter of trees and shrubs — but in a suburban neighborhood, who thinks to do that? Who imagines a fire like this? If insurance rates and building costs reflected everything that might or could happen, no one could afford a home.

    2. Having priced living/homes on/in the Front Range in the past/recent couple of years, there seems to be some awareness of risk and cost with pricing insurance. Some companies will not insure Mountain homes. Most require inspections, specific mitigation of fire risk with and around house, and specific home construction materials. But as one fire expert said today, “You can’t really fireproof a home.” Especially with ember storm fire and in drought.
      But like you we note the encroachment of homes into forests – We know pine trees go up fast and explode sending embers everywhere ( although this was a grass fire not a forest fire) and there’s a concern of how terribly close together the new homes are being built in the new subdivisions.
      Where are all these people going go go? Housing was already tight, both rentals and owned, and terribly expensive – and has only gone up with pandemic.
      Terrible situation and scary. Glad the winds are less, but still horrible and dangerous

  4. So glad to see your post. Was pretty sure you were safe, but
    We get prairie /grass fires, but they are generally controlled planed burns – and not with 50-100 mph winds.
    One of the clinics my kid works at has been burned – she is hosting aa couple of employees’ families who lost everything. Traumatizing kids – house, even Christmas presents all gone. Pretty much of aa shock to even those not in the midst of it
    Not aa good Mother Nature if this was a done as a team building exercise for humans…or we’ll see.
    Cold difficult winter now worse.
    Stay safe! (and warm….any utility issues because of this?)

    1. The media are full of this news but I figured I’d better report in to my readers. You know this area, so you know I’m not in any danger. Yes, lots of utility issues in the fire area. Water shortage, pollution, or unavailable, with a boil water order in effect. Power lines down everywhere. I imagine/hope gas and power has been shut off. All of that in the burn area, not here in Thornton.

    1. Thanks, Janis. It’s been really painful to watch. Some of the reporters on scene were obviously and understandably having a difficult time, but they hung in there because the rest of us needed to know. I’m just sitting here, safe and warm, wishing the snow would begin.

      1. Word this evening that reporters have come in from elsewhere to help locals cover the fire. First time I’ve ever heard of that happening. Kudos to them. It was all hands on deck yesterday and local reporters were exhausted, physically and emotionally, by late evening.

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