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Photo by Helen H. Richardson/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D) said Friday that President Biden would offer an expedited major disaster declaration to help rebuild and provide aid to those that lost their homes in the fast-moving Marshall Fire, which consumed around 1,600 acres and destroyed more than 500 homes.

The big picture: It's the most destructive fire in state history.

  • The rapidly-moving flames led to evacuation orders covering more than 30,000 people in Superior, Louisville and portions of other communities.

Polis said that so far, there has been no recorded loss of life.

  • "This is our community, and to watch it burn so quickly, so unexpectedly, is something that I think we're all just struggling to believe and understand," Polis said. 
  • "This played out with so 105-mile-per-hour winds over the course of half a day," he added.

Catch up fast: High winds helped spread the fire, with gusts that peaked as high as 110-115 miles per hour.

  • Officials say downed power lines were the likely cause, per the Denver Post. However, the disaster was probably made worse by the effects of climate change, including extremely dry conditions.
  • The Federal Emergency Management Agency said Thursday that it has authorized federal funds to help with firefighting costs.

Go deeper: Climate changes linked to Colorado's fire disaster

Go deeper

John Frank, author of Denver
Jan 10, 2022 - Axios Denver

New questions emerge about Marshall Fire response

President Biden and first lady Jill Biden tour a Louisville neighborhood destroyed by the Marshall Fire alongside Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle on Friday. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

The fire crews that responded to the first report of smoke from the Marshall Fire arrived within four minutes to a location south of Boulder.

Yes, but: They couldn't find the fire.

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Student's death renews calls for schools to stock opioid overdose drug

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A Connecticut student's death has renewed calls for schools to stock and administer naloxone, a drug that can quickly reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.

Why it matters: U.S. drug overdose fatalities reached six figures in a 12-month period for the first time in November, and synthetic or natural opioids were the cause of a majority of the overdoses.

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Olympians avoiding COVID at all costs ahead of Beijing Games

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

10 days out from the Olympics, athletes around the world are battening down the hatches in hopes of making it to Beijing COVID-free.

Why it matters: The Beijing bubble — a closed-loop system meant to shut off the outside world entirely — is the strictest ever created for a global sporting event.