Revisiting Lessons Learned from the Marshall Fire a Year Later

The devastating Marshall Fire a year ago inspired several columns by me about how it could have been prevented or mitigated. My favorite column was the one on Oct. 13, which made an important observation about how vented attics (the most common kind in tract homes) allow wind-blown embers to enter homes.

All these columns can be downloaded by clicking on their dates:

Jan. 6, 2022 — Last Week’s Fire Disaster Is a Wake-up Call for Building More Fire-Resistant Homes

Jan. 13, 2022 — Homes Built of Concrete Garner Increased Interest in Wake of the Marshall Fire

Jan. 20, 2022 — Here Are More Examples of Concrete Construction and Fire-Resistant Roofing

Jan. 27, 2022 — The Buying of Homes Has Become More Frantic Since the Marshall Fire; Also: How to Alert Residents About an Approaching Wildfire

Apr. 14, 2022 — AirCrete Is a Lighter, More Climate-Friendly Version of Concrete for Home Construction

May 12, 2022 — Report from the Division of Insurance Details the Extent of Underinsurance in the Marshall Fire

July 14, 2022 — Are You Wondering If Your Home Is Underinsured? One Reader Shares His Research

Oct. 13, 2022 — Homes That  Survived the Marshall Fire Were More Airtight and Had Conditioned Attics

I am disappointed not to see any of the insights I shared reflected in recent anniversary articles and television programs.

Author: Golden Real Estate, Inc.

Golden Real Estate is a prominent member of the Denver/Jefferson County real estate scene. Based in Golden, we service both Denver and Jeffco, representing both buyers and sellers. We're well known for Broker Jim Smith's weekly "Real Estate Today" column published in the Denver and Jeffco editions of the Denver Post's YourHub section each Thursday. The column also appears in several weekly newspapers and is archived at We have nine agents, all of whom are Realtors and EcoBrokers. Our office is Net Zero Energy since December 2017, and several of us drive electrics cars. Known for our sustainable practices, we accept polystyrene (aka "Styrofoam") for recycling, keeping 200 cubic yards per year out of area landfills.

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