After the Marshall Fire: Survey Offers Community Snapshot of Recovery

Public health researcher works in her community to enhance resilience, shape smart policy

The story of the most destructive wildfire in Colorado’s history didn’t end with the receding of hurricane-strength winds and the extinguishing of the blaze’s last embers. Over a year later, while some questions the Marshall Fire left in its wake have been answered, many others remain, including where future public policy should go.

For those answers, the Marshall Fire Recovery & Resilience Working Group looked to the communities affected by the Dec. 30, 2021, fire that destroyed over 1,000 homes. The team includes Katherine Dickinson, PhD, assistant professor of Environmental & Occupational Health at the Colorado School of Public Health. Read more about JPB Fellow Kate Dickinson’s research.