Bodycam shows frantic moments of Marshall Fire evacuations

The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office shared video clips of deputies’ heroic efforts to evacuate neighborhoods in the path of the fast-moving flames.

BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. – This is a first glimpse of what Boulder County deputies saw as the Marshall Fire passed through Louisville and Superior – body camera video recently released by the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO ) Thursday shows heroic efforts to evacuate neighborhoods from the approaching wildfire.

In the body camera clips, you can see and hear BCSO MPs moving quickly, knocking door to door to hastily evacuate people, pets, livestock and businesses in the path of the massive flames and fast.

“Sheriff’s office, sheriff’s office,” shouted deputies telling homeowners to evacuate quickly as they moved from house to house, knocking and ringing doorbells.

Sheriff’s deputies evacuated the Costco store near Old Town Superior – as smoke from the Marshall Fire engulfed the mall.

>>Below: Costco evacuation footage from the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office

In the video clip, you can hear deputies running through the Costco store, yelling at customers to evacuate the store immediately as flames approach the back of the store.

“Everyone go east, go east to 36. Move now, leave your stuff, go!” yells the deputy. “Back lights, go! Everyone head east, get out of the store now!”

At the end of this clip, a Spanish-speaking customer tells the deputy that she doesn’t have a car to evacuate, and he lets her into the back of his patrol car.

“Don’t have a car,” the woman told the deputy. “You don’t have a car? asks the deputy. The woman says “No” and the deputy tells her to come upstairs.

The timestamp on the Costco video reads 12:10 a.m. — about 50 minutes after the first dispatch call alerted firefighters to a blaze miles west on Highway 93 and Marshall Road.

>>Below: Boulder County deputies knock on doors to evacuate people during the Marshall Fire

At 1:35 p.m., a deputy helped evacuate a woman, two cats and a dog. “Bring everything absolutely necessary, I don’t have a lot of room, but we can put what we can. I’ll take that,” said an assistant to the owner.

The deputy continues to direct neighborhood traffic to evacuate the area and jumps into his car – driving through the active flames surrounding the neighborhood and exiting several times to ring doors to warn people to evacuate.

You can even hear the deputy coughing from the smoke as he continues to frantically knock on the front doors. “Ma’am, you need to evacuate,” he told a landlord.

In the video, at 12:34 p.m., a house is already on fire as a deputy runs to the front door across the street, rings the doorbell, and flees.

In one of the calmer videos released by BCSO at 3.17pm, the MPs help hastily get the horses out of their stables and the video clips of the MPs stopping to catch a few loose dogs – staying with him until a second dog shows up. and finally allows himself to be rescued and placed in a patrol car.

>>Below: Animals evacuated during the Marshall fire by Boulder County deputies

The latest video shared by the sheriff’s office is at 6 p.m. and shows a sheriff’s patrol car driving through an unidentified neighborhood with a glow of fire on all sides.

Several survivors of the fire said the heroic work of those first responders is how they found out they had to evacuate. They haven’t heard of the evacuation notification system the county uses to send out alerts.

Boulder County relies on an opt-in system called Everbridge, which only reaches cell phones if you sign up.

Boulder County has access to FEMA’s system, which sends Amber Alert-style notifications that they started using in 2019, but said the pandemic prevented them from implementing it.

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