In the wake of the historic Boulder County wildfires, we are working to gather every resource we can to help mend these communities. It takes courage for someone to build a home, a family, a small business; that same courage pulls us together in times like these. Please join us in our efforts to bolster the lives of those who have poured their hearts and souls into these communities. And most importantly, if you have the means to help – please let us know.
At BBB, our mission has always been to strengthen our communities through trust and accountability, especially now. Everything we do is in service to those at the heart of it all. From builders to bakers, proprietors to patrons: these people are the very fabric of the places we live.
Times like these hit hard. If you’re in need or have the means to help in any way, please let us know by visiting the link below.
Organizations Lending Assistance
- Downtown Boulder - Restaurants Revive
- Boulder County Wildfire Fund
- Check out these BBB Accredited Businesses lending assistance:
- GreenPoint Roofing is working with firefighters, first responders, and local restaurants in Boulder County to provide meals to those in need.
- Save Home Heat Company is looking to help Boulder County residents experiencing HVAC issues.
- Sanctuary Building Services is ready to help home and business owners with the rebuilding process.
- Taggart Insurance is lending assistance to residents with insurance questions and concerns.
- Visit these BBB Accredited Charities on the front lines:
- Learn about specific donation needs at Sister Carmen Community Center's Marshall Fire Relief Fund
- Check out temporary housing assistance, emergency funds, and mental health support at Jewish Family Service
- Support I Have A Dream Foundation of Boulder County's team members and scholars who lost homes
- Support Girls Scouts of Colorado who were directly affected
- Explore more Colorado BBB Accredited Charities here.
- See ways to volunteer, donate, and help those affected at Colorado Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster
- Listen to some good music for a good cause at the Marshall Fire Benefit Concert.
- FEMA - 1-800-621-3362 (for TTY 1-800-462-7585)
- Small Business Resources
- Colorado Division of Insurance
- Boulder County Website
- Community Foundation - Boulder County Wildfire Fund
- Wildfire Resource Guide
- Resources for Coloradans Impacted by the Marshall Fire
- Boulder Office of Emergency Management
- 211 Colorado Recovery Resources
- Disaster Assistance Center (includes complimentary roundtrip ride)
- Recursos de Ayuda del Marshall Fire en español
- Tax Changes, Deadlines, and Deductions for those affected by the wildfires
Immediate Safety Advice
- Boil Water Notice – Both Superior and Louisville residents should boil water prior to consumption until further notice.
- Safe Cleanup After a Fire – Please note that COVID-19 face coverings are not adequate for fire cleanup; N-95 respirators should be used. If you are using combustion space heaters to keep pipes from freezing in a home that is without power, you must protect yourself from carbon monoxide poisoning. This means ensuring that carbon monoxide detectors are installed and working properly and that you are following the manufacturer’s guidance for ventilation.
- Food Safety After a Fire
- Air quality – For air quality updates visit, Wildfire Air Quality & Health – Boulder County
- Tetanus Risk & First Aid After a Fire: After a fire, there is risk of injury as cleanup efforts begin. Tetanus is a concern for persons with both open and closed wounds, and a tetanus vaccination is recommended for all residents returning to the burn area who have not had a documented dose within the past ten years. Prompt first aid management for wounds and prevention of infection is another important consideration. If you receive a puncture wound or a wound contaminated with feces, soil, or saliva, a health care professional should determine if a tetanus booster is necessary, based on individual records.
Staying Healthy After a Fire
- Do not disturb ash or debris from fires!
- An N95 or equivalent mask is strongly recommended when you’re cleaning your home or business and if you’re outdoors in burn areas.
- PLEASE NOTE: Most face coverings worn to protect against COVID-19 are not adequate to protect against the fine ash particles created by a fire.
- Wipe surfaces with a damp cloth and avoid harsh chemical cleaners – stick with soap and water.
- Only use vacuum cleaners with a HEPA filter.
- Take off your shoes before entering your home or business to avoid spreading ash.
- Get your HVAC ducts professionally cleaned as soon as you can.
- Replace your HVAC filters as soon as they appear soiled.
- Use the highest level of filtration recommended by the manufacturer.
- Consider an activated carbon pre-filter to reduce odors.
- Test your fire and carbon monoxide detectors to ensure that they work properly.
- If you are using a combustion space heater, make sure you follow the manufacturer’s guidance for ventilation to prevent carbon monoxide exposure.
- Never leave your house or business or sleep while combustion space heaters are operating.
- Thoroughly check all visible plumbing fixtures and piping for leaks and be alert for signs of broken pipes inside the walls – especially exterior walls.
- Visit this link for more information on the potential health impacts of exposure to fire smoke.
- Visit this link for more information on how to safely clean up after a fire.