KRAI News for Friday, Sept. 14, 2018

Strong winds are fueling the Silver Creek Fire north of Kremmling. Huge plumes of smoke can be seen in Steamboat Springs, Oak Creek, and Hayden. The fire has grown to nearly 7,000 acres. Pre-evacuation notices have been issued in the Lake Agnes, Rabbit Ears Village, and Bear Mountain Ranch areas northeast of the Silver Creek Fire. And plans are being made to close Highway 40 if it is necessary. The cost to fight this fire was at $20 million dollars but that cost estimate is expected to go up.




Photo courtesy Teri Wall.

Two fast-burning fires are burning in Maybell along Colorado Highway 318, near mile marker 49. One is the Boone Draw fire which has burned 2,000 acres and is crossing into the Sandwash Basin. The winds have still been strong and the Bureau of Land Management is asking anyone there to leave the area right away. A second fire is the 50-acre Three Wash Fire. No cause of the fire yet, and no structures are being threatened.

An air quality health advisory has been issued through this morning because of all of the wildfire smoke, in the northwestern parts of Moffat County. Areas affected include Sunbeam, Greystone, and the Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge.

A couple hiking on Mad Creek in North Routt County saw a mountain lion Monday evening. It was watching them, they tried to scare it away, but then it came back on the trail. Mark Stanford and his wife Kristen said it felt like they were being hunted. People who see mountain lions are asked to call Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

Yampa is celebrating the grand opening of Crossan’s M&A Market this afternoon. An open house is from 4 to 6 p.m., with the dedication of the building at 6 p.m. The building will serve as Yampa’s town hall. The community, along with the Town of Yampa, Friends of Crossan’s, and Historic Routt County all worked together to raise money to rehabilitate the building.

The Craig Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors are holding a business after-hours mixer next Thursday. It’s hosted by the Moffat County Fuller Center for Housing.

15K Day is today for Moffat County United Way. The fundraising drive starts at 11 until 2 at Yampa Valley Bank. The bank will match every donation up to $7,500. And enjoy a free lunch from KS Creations.

In sports… The Moffat County Soccer team is still looking for their first win of the season. They’ll host a fellow 3A Western Slope League Team on Saturday, when Basalt comes to town. That game starts at 11.

The Moffat County football team is on the road this evening in Edwards to play the Battle Mountain Huskies. The game starts at 7 and you can listen to it on KRAI.

This afternoon, the CNCC men’s soccer team travels to Utah to play Snow College at 3 p.m.

The local cross country teams are in Gypsum for the Eagle Valley Invitational this weekend. While the local rodeo teams are competing in Grand Junction.

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

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