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LATEST UPDATES: 2 reportedly missing in Marshall fire; thousands without power and

The Marshall fire swept through southeast Boulder County Thursday, destroying hundreds of homes and forcing tens of thousands of people to evacuate. On Friday, crews are trying to get ahead of the blaze and assess the damage.

9:05 p.m 

9NEWS reports that at least two people are missing in the Marshall fire on Thursday. The sheriff confirmed that two people were missing, but did not provide any further information.  The family of Nadine Turnbull says she is one of the two missing.

Xcel Energy reports that 5,500 customers in the Boulder area are still without power, and about 13,000 customers are without natural gas service. Customers who were not in a restricted access area can expect to have electric service restored by Saturday evening. 

According to Xcel, the natural gas outages are mostly in Superior and Louisville, where natural gas was shut off at the request of public safety officials because of safety concerns related to the wildfire. Read more here. 

6:05 p.m. 

CU Boulder announced Friday night that it will begin the spring semester remotely following the Marshall fire. “By delaying our in-person return until Jan. 24, we are doing our part to support the community. Because of the impacts of the fires, in combination with concerns about the COVID-19 omicron variant, the broader Boulder area is not in a position to welcome back thousands of students over the next week,” wrote Chancellor Philip DiStefano in a letter to the campus community.  You can read the letter here.  

5:40 p.m.

A boil water order is in effect for the Town of Superior, the City of Louisville, the San Souci Mobile Home Park, and the East Boulder County Water District, as well as for Eldorado Artesian Spring water users. Read more here. 

5:06 p.m.

56 members of the Colorado National Guard will assist with traffic management during the Marshall Fire response, officials with the organization announced. 

4:38 p.m.

State officials today directed health insurance companies to make it easier for patients affected by the Marshall Fire to access their medications.

The Colorado Division of Insurance told insurance companies to waive any prior authorization for prescription refills or medical equipment.

Insurance companies must also wave prior authorization, utilization review, or medical necessity determination for patients transferred or discharged in the fire-affected areas, the agency said.

In a separate statement, the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy & Financing noted…

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2021-12-31 22:52:30

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