KRAI News for Friday, Oct. 2, 2020

The Middle Fork Fire in Routt National Forest is still burning at over 8,000 acres. It’s at zero percent containment after being started by lightning four weeks ago. Four helicopters are keeping the fire growth in check, with help from 95 personnel. Much of the Mount Zirkel Wilderness is closed to hikers, campers, and hunters.

Fire restrictions at Dinosaur National Monument have been lifted, to coincide with Moffat and Rio Blanco Counties going back to Stage One restrictions. It means normal regulations regarding the use of fire are back in effect. Visitors to the monument can again have fires in campgrounds and in the backcountry areas where they are normally allowed.

Northwest Colorado has received some air quality alerts from the state. Here’s Routt County Environmental Health Director Scott Cowman.

Cowman suspects the alerts are because of smoke from the Middle Fork Fire in Routt National Forest. It drifts down valley at night, when it’s very still and settles in like an inversion. Check the air quality at www.PurpleAir.com  An air quality monitor is going in soon in Hayden. Monitors for Purple Air are also in Rangely and Meeker, Steamboat, Oak Creek, Stagecoach, and North Routt.

The body of a man found up on Rabbit Ears Pass Sunday has been identified as 31-year-old Jacob Jesse McPherson of Steamboat Springs. The County Coroner says a heart condition contributed to the cause of death.

The state said, “No, not right now,” to Routt County’s request to move to Level One Safer at Home. They’ll revisit the request next week. Routt County has had 18 positive cases of COVID-19 in the past two weeks which is why the decision is being deferred.

Tonight is the Empty Bowl Fundraiser at St. Michael’s. Ten types of soup are available in a handmade bowl. Plus, a drink and dessert. The fundraiser is outside at the Catholic Church, at 678 School Street. It’s from 4-7 p.m.

The Rangely Area Chamber of Commerce has a new executive director. McKenzie Webber replaces Richard Smith. Webber is also a graduate of Rangely High School. One event coming up in Rangely is National Night Out with local law enforcement. It’s Oct. 6 at Elks Park. Then Octoberfest is Oct. 24.

A message From Routt County Public Health… Remember to get tested if you have symptoms; help make COVID stop with you.

For the weather, don’t forget to call the KRAI Time, Temp, and Weather Hotline at 970-824-1918.

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