KRAI News for Monday, Sept. 17, 2018

Near Maybell, the Boone Draw Fire continues to burn, and has burned close to 87-hundred (8,683) acres and was at 40 percent containment Sunday. Colorado 318 has stayed open, but Moffat County Roads 46, 52, and 67 were closed. The fire is burning in the southwest portion of the Sand Wash Basin Wild Horse Herd Management Area. The fire is threatening the wild horse and greater sage grouse areas. About 150 personnel are fighting the fire along with many engines, dozers, graders, and specialists, and two helicopters. The fire started last Thursday on BLM land. No word on how it started.

The Three Wash Fire has been reported as contained as of Sunday afternoon, after burning 369 acres.

The Silver Creek fire is the big one. It continues to burn north of Kremmling. It’s at about 11 and a half thousand acres (11,405), with 35 percent containment as of Sunday. Highway 40 was open as of Sunday. If anything WOULD close it, it would be smoke. Areas that have been evacuated are the Latigo Guest Ranch, Yost Ranch, and homes in the Gore Lakes and Old Park area. 275 firefighters are battling the fire, along with four helicopters. The fire is headed into the Sarvis Creek Wilderness Area.

One helicopter is sitting on top of Rabbit Ears Pass, with a firefighting crew. They’re all from Custer, South Dakota. Pilot Scott Marshall says they’re attached to the Silver Creek Fire, but they are pre-positioned so that they can fly over any possible fires that may start, which is a definite possibility in the wind.

Marshall says if they spot a fire, then they can scout out the closest water source as well.

The Ryan Fire started burning Saturday night. It started in the northern tip of the Mountain Zirkel Wilderness Area but is growing and headed towards the Wyoming border. The rush is on to evacuate all hunters and campers in the area. No homes are threatened yet, but the fire is growing quickly because of the high winds. It was so windy Sunday that the helicopters weren’t able to fly over the fire.

Northwestern Moffat County is under an air quality advisory, issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, through at least this morning. That includes Sunbeam, Greystone, and the Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge.

For the latest Smoke Outlook, visit:
http://www.colorado.gov/airquality/addendum.aspx#smoke

Rocky Mountain Machinery had its grand opening Saturday, featuring machines from Kubota.

The board of Control for the Moffat County Affiliated Junior College District meets tonight at 6 p.m. at CNCC.

In Sports, the Moffat County Soccer team had a tough loss to Basalt Saturday. Their next game is this coming Saturday in Parachute, to play the Grand Valley Cardinals.

In track and field, the local high school team competed at the Eagle Valley Invitational. There were 17 teams there. The Moffat County High School boys placed 5th overall, and the girls were 6th.

The Moffat County girls volleyball team had a couple of losses this weekend, to Cedaredge and Delta. Moffat County volleyball is back home this Saturday, hosting Gunnison.

The Moffat County football also had a tough loss Friday night to Battle Mountain, on the road, 36-14. The Bulldogs are at home this Saturday afternoon for Homecoming. They’re playing Basalt.

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

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