FEMA’s Mitigation Assessment Team Releases First Report in the Aftermath of the Marshall Fire

August 11, 2023

Mitigation Assessment Team Report - Marshal Fire
FEMA P-2320 / June 2023
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A newly released Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Mitigation Assessment Team (MAT) report on the 2021 Marshall Fire is the first FEMA publication to evaluate building performance and share observations in the aftermath of a wildfire.

FEMA studied this fire because the weather conditions and impacts on the built environment in the nontraditional wildland-urban interface highlight risks that need to be better understood by planners, developers, government officials, and the public at large both locally in Colorado and nationwide.

The fire destroyed 1,000 single and multi-family homes and commercial structures in Louisville, Superior, and unincorporated Boulder County, Colorado. Because of the unique nature of the incident, a fast-moving grass fire became a highly destructive urban conflagration that directly and indirectly impacted several communities and the greater Boulder County area.

As a result, the FEMA Building Science Disaster Support Program deployed its first-ever wildfire MAT to evaluate building performance during the fire.

In the report, learn more about some unique observations made by the team:

The report and 7 accompanying documents can be used by planners, fire departments, and community leaders to help create better wildfire planning documents, as well as develop and implement more effective wildfire mitigation projects including structure and landscape improvements.