Episcopal Relief & Development Responds to Colorado Wildfire – Episcopal News Service

Episcopal Relief & Development Responds to Colorado Wildfire

Episcopal Relief and Development

Posted on January 4, 2022

Episcopal Relief & Development is supporting the Episcopal Church of Colorado as it responds to the devastating wildfire that tore through Boulder County on Thursday, December 30.

Propelled by winds of 100 to 110 mph, the Marshall Fire burned more than 6,000 acres, destroying or damaging more than 1,000 homes and businesses in Superior, Louisville and unincorporated Boulder County. The fire comes during a wave of COVID-19 infections due to the Omicron variant. To further complicate matters, housing in the Boulder area is already in high demand among University of Colorado students and faculty. Displaced people must find accommodation in a tight housing market in addition to trying to replace property that was lost in the fire. While Friday’s snowfall put out the blaze, the freezing temperatures that followed are another challenge.

The Episcopal Church of Colorado, with support from Episcopal Relief & Development, quickly responded to assess the impact of the fires. The Church has mobilized its Disaster Response Team to identify people in Superior and Louisville whose homes have been destroyed or damaged and who may not have other support systems. The diocese is giving out gift cards to help them with groceries, gas and other supplies and continues to assess how it can provide support.

“The Episcopal Church of Colorado has deep community ties and extensive experience in disaster response,” said Katie Mears, senior director, US Disaster Program, Episcopal Relief & Development. “Their experience and preparation enabled them to spring into action quickly to provide assistance.”

Please continue to pray for all those affected by the Colorado wildfire. Donations to Episcopal Relief & Development’s US Disaster Fund will support the organization’s response to wildfires, tornadoes, hurricanes and other disasters, both natural and man-made.

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