Boulder County will begin hydromulch work on homes affected by the Marshall Fire this week.
According to a press release from the county, the hydromulching process will start in burned areas with the highest concentration of homes, as well as areas closest to waterways. Work will continue on to areas with lower density of homes.
Boulder County has solicited help from a local contractor to expedite the hydromulching, which is applied in order to prevent toxins in the ash and debris from running into waterways or being kicked up into the air.
Hydromulch is made up of organic materials that are applied to the ground while wet, so that any material the mulch comes in contact with creates a solid layer upon drying. This will help seal off properties and stabilize the soil.
Hydromulch may be applied to properties that have already been sifted for valuables. In addition, only homes or businesses that have provided permission for the county to begin work will be eligible to receive hydromulching.
To opt in or out of the hydromulching process or any other process included within the coordinated debris removal effort, property owners need to fill out a new right-of-entry form by the extended deadline date of 11:59 p.m. Monday.
The county expects the project to take 15 days to complete, depending on the weather.
The county urges property owners not to enter the hydromulched areas until it is safe to do so. According to the press release, additional information will be shared on how to safely access properties after application of the hydromulch.
For more information or to contact the debris team, call 303-214-3203 or email ROE@bouldercounty.org.