Briefing on status of Boulder wildfire with Polis, Pelle and fire officials

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Wildfire flames and smoke rise above Superior, Colorado, on Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021. Dangerously high winds raked the Front Range of Colorado on Thursday, knocking out power, making for dangerous travel conditions, and whipping up wildfires in Boulder County that destroyed hundreds of homes and other structures.

The Boulder County Office of Emergency Management hosted a briefing at 10 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 31, 2021, on the Marshall fire that raced through several suburban towns on Thursday. Gov. Jared Polis, Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle and fire officials discussed the status of evacuations, closures and more.

Several wildfires sparked in south Boulder County on Thursday, whipped by winds gusting as high as 100 mph, and then charged east toward Superior and Louisville, forcing tens of thousands of residents to evacuate. As of Friday evening, officials said the fire had grown to about 1,600 acres and destroyed more than 500 homes.

For those who live in the area, here is a list of evacuation centers and other resources.