Deputy fire chief reflects on tough decisions made while battling Colorado's Marshall Fire

  • Source: KUSA-TV NBC 9 Denver
  • Published: 01/13/2022 12:00 AM

Imagine the worst case scenario at your job. Think back to all the decisions that could have played out differently. Unless those situations are life or death, you have it easier than Mountain View Fire and Rescue Deputy Chief Sterling Folden. "It was difficult because the Middle Fork Fire had started, and so there were a lot of units traveling north to Boulder, away from where we needed them at that point, so we were trying to turn a lot of those units around because our fire had started to become a priority over that one," said Folden. On Dec. 30, Folden was acting chief as Chief Dan Beebe was out of town. Folden was on a vacation day himself, but went to work as the Middle Fork Fire started on North Foothills Parkway, north of Boulder. He quickly diverted to a new fire on South Foothills Parkway, south of Boulder.


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