What Really Caused Marshall Fire- Answers

By Melissa Moore on June 8, 2023
BOULDER, CO – MARCH 26: A home that was destroyed in the Marshall Fire in December of 2021 sits in ruins as the NCAR Fire burns in the distance on March 26, 2022 in Boulder, Colorado. The wildfire, which has forced almost 20,000 people to evacuate their homes, started just a few miles away from where the Marshall Fire destroyed more than 1,000 homes in December, 2021. (Photo by Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images)

Today we finally got the answers that so many have been wondering about- what caused the Marshall Fire in December of 2021.

The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office has released their final report and here are some of their findings:

  1. One fire was  caused by the reignition of an extinguished residential burn on property owned by the religious group Twelve Tribes.
  2. Above combined with a second fire likely caused by a damaged Xcel power line.
  3. No criminal charges will be charges.

The Marshall Fire started on Dec. 30, 2021, destroying 1,084 residential structures in Boulder County and seven commercial structures. Two people were also killed in the fire.

The losses from the Marshall Fire are valued at over 2 Billion dollars.

The investigation took over a year, because BCSO said they wanted to investigate all options.

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