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Vail Resorts donates $100k to Marshall Fire relief fund

Matt Whittaker

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A Mountain View wildland firefighter walks through the smoke and haze after a fast-moving wildfire swept through Louisville on Dec. 30.Photo by Marc Piscotty/Getty Images

By Matt Whittaker / NewsBreak Denver

(Broomfield, Colo.) International ski property company Vail Resorts, headquartered in an area of Broomfield that was evacuated because of the Marshall Fire, is donating $100,000 to a relief fund for victims.

Vail Resorts' corporate headquarters, located in the Interlocken area, is just a few miles southeast of Colorado’s worst fire, which destroyed nearly 1,000 homes and businesses in Louisville, Superior and unincorporated Boulder County.

"Our community is working together to support those impacted by the Boulder County fires," the company tweeted Wednesday. "In addition to supporting our teammates who've been affected, we are donating $100k" to the Boulder County Wildfire Fund, a fundraiser launched on Dec. 30 by Community Foundation Boulder County.

Millions raised for fire victims

As of Jan. 5, the fund had raised about $15 million and was creating an advisory committee to determine how to distribute the money, according to Community Foundation Boulder County. From the fund, the county will parcel out up to $5 million to people whose houses were destroyed or damaged and an additional $500,000 to support evacuees.

On Thursday, as flames fed by winds that gusted at more than 100 miles per hour engulfed homes and dominated images on local television news stations, Vail Resorts was monitoring the situation.

Broomfield, located in its own county halfway between Denver and Boulder, said the Marshall Fire burned up to its borders, but the city "narrowly avoided any significant damage."

Vail joins Ball Corp. with fire donation

Vail Resorts, which owns 37 ski resorts in 15 states and three countries, isn't the only locally headquartered publicly traded company to donate to the wildfire fund.

Ball Corp., which was based in Broomfield before moving to Westminster, will donate $1 million, match employee donations and distribute canned water as needed.

“Many Ball employees live and work in the areas impacted by the sudden wildfire outbreak and have experienced the devastation firsthand," CEO John Hayes said.

Nearly 1,000 structures in Superior and Louisville were consumed by the 6,000-acre fire that displaced about 30,000 residents across Boulder County and caused an estimated $825 million in property damage.

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Matt Whittaker writes about natural resources industries, including oil and gas, mining, renewable energy, agriculture and cannabis. He's been based in the Denver metro area since 2013. You can follow him on Twitter @mattswhittaker.

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