The Marshall Fire (December 2021) began as a grassland fire and turned into an urban conflagration. It burned over 1,000 homes and businesses in Marshall, Louisville, Superior, and unincorporated Boulder County, and it was the most destructive fire in Boulder County history in terms of homes lost and total costs. Adaptive management in the grasslands has always been a key priority for land and resource managers in Boulder County, but special attention has been given to it following the Marshall Fire. In collaboration with the Boulder County Fireshed Grasslands Working Group, a collaborative made up of more than 20 local governments, fire districts, and non-profit groups, The Watershed Center led the development of the story map titled “Grassland management in Boulder County: challenges and opportunities following the Marshall Fire.” The purpose of the story map is to provide background knowledge and context around the role of wildfire in grasslands, provide information about management strategies that are used, and provide resources to residents about how they can reduce wildfire risk to their properties. It will be regularly updated as new information is learned.

Grassland Management in Boulder County

See Boulder County’s forest and grasslands management website for more information and resources.