Wildfires in Colorado last week caused at least $513 million worth of damage and destroyed nearly 1,100 homes and buildings, officials said Thursday as they updated the number of property lost in the worst wildfires in the state’s history.
Boulder County (county-level district) released the latest figures after further assessing the suburbs located between Denver and Boulder where entire neighborhoods were charred. The number of losses is the first estimate of the economic damage for the fires that occurred on December 30.
Authorities previously estimated that at least 991 houses and other buildings were destroyed. Two people are missing, although officials have found partial human remains at one location.
President Joe Biden is scheduled to survey the damage this Friday.
Investigators are still trying to determine what caused the wind-blown wildfires, which forced thousands of people to flee with very little forewarning. The red rooster began to flare up after months of drought and scorched dry meadows around the fast-growing settlements in the area near the foot of the Rocky Mountains. [lt/ab]