Aug 24, 2022 - News

How much waste the Marshall Fire left behind in Boulder County

 Homes destroyed by the Marshall Fire  in Superior. Photo: Matthew Jonas/Boulder Daily Camera via Getty Images
Homes destroyed by the Marshall Fire in Superior. Photo: Matthew Jonas/Boulder Daily Camera via Getty Images

Boulder County finished clearing debris from the Marshall Fire at 566 properties this week — about half the total damaged, officials announced yesterday.

Of note: The county's contractor worked to divert waste from the landfill and reported that the equivalent of 2.7 million pounds of carbon dioxide were sequestered and stopped from entering the air.

By the numbers: Still, 103,662 tons of ash and debris went to disposal facilities.

  • 64,648 tons of brick and concrete were recycled, along with 2,403 tons of metal.
  • 1,837 tons of vegetative debris were recycled using biochar.

Be smart: 1 ton is equivalent to 2,000 pounds.

The big picture: The fire destroyed more than 1,000 homes and burned 6,000 acres.

  • Nearly eight months after the Dec. 30 blaze, the cause remains unknown.
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