Simulation of Marshall Wildfire

On December 30, 2021 the Marshall wildfire grew to be the costliest wildfire in Colorado’s recorded history. This simulation shows the spread of the fire through the towns of Superior and Louisville, CO, and some of the dynamic winds that caused this devastating event.


Science Credits

Janice Coen (MMM)

Computational Modeling

Janice Coen (MMM)

Computational Resources

This research was enabled by NCAR’s Mesoscale Microscale Meteorology division (MMM) and the CAWFE fire simulation code.

Visualization and Post-production

Scott Pearse (Visualization), Matt Rehme (Post Production)

Visualization Software



Screenshot of Marshall fire visualization simulation in VAPOR