Evacuation From the Marshall Fire: A Personal Timeline

What it was really like to grab my pets, my passport, and flee from the most destructive wildfire in Colorado history as a Pompeiian scene descended on my hometown

India Snow
20 min readJan 18, 2022
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Author’s Note: I am one of the lucky ones.

I returned home not to a pile of smoldering ash, but to a home left standing.

This article is meant to explain what we all went through during evacuation, and my own personal aftermath up until this point — two weeks later.

While I understand that my story is not one of complete devastation, this event has forever changed my life and those of all of my neighbors. Some of us are home, and some of us are starting the healing process — but it is far from over.

To donate to help those who did lose their homes, pets, valuables, and memories during this fire, click here. If you’d like to know more specifically where your funds are going, there are links to personal gofundme’s below — all wonderful people in my neighborhood.

To donate to help Boulder Humane Society house and reunite lost pets with their owners, click here.



India Snow

Top writer, real-life Khaleesi, solo-traveler, teacher, chai addict. Writing, health, & crypto enthusiast. contact.indiasnow@gmail.com