KRAI News for Monday, Sept. 24, 2018

Dry windy weather hampered firefighting efforts over the weekend.

A new wildfire started burning Sunday afternoon in Routt National Forest, about five miles west of Steamboat Lake State Park. It’s called the Torso Creek Fire. U.S. Forest Road 42 has been closed.

The Ryan fire became very active Saturday, growing 5,700 acres in one day, for a total of 8,685 acres that have burned. It’s because of the wind and so much beetle-killed trees. This fire is 27 miles Northwest of Walden. It is zero percent contained and 223 people are fighting this fire.

The Silver Creek Fire northwest of Kremmling has burned 18,175 acres as of Sunday afternoon, and is 40 percent contained. 657 firefighters are now working it and did some burnout, which caused more acreage to burn, as part of their containment efforts. Latigo Ranch and Yost Ranch in Grand County are still under evacuation. Highway 40 and Highway 134 are still open. But there could be smoke on the highway, and heavy traffic. Check for updates on road closures.

Those instruments that were stolen from Craig Middle School have been found, by Craig Police and the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office. They were found near a riverbed at Yampa Valley Golf Course. Police arrested a 41-year-old-Craig Man after the school resource officer reviewed security tapes. They were able to spot the suspect and identify him, and then arrest him. His name hasn’t been released.

A tree fell on a 16-year-old girl Saturday, off Routt County Road 44A. A wind gust blew the tree over. It was a beetle-killed lodgepole pine. Search and Rescue had to help get her to the road, where she was taken to the hospital with back and leg injuries.

A map of the Yampa Valley Trail will be created on Saturday, Oct. 6. It’s 100 miles of trail across Northwest Colorado, from Dinosaur National Monument in Western Moffat County in Northwest Colorado. Volunteers are needed for hiking and biking. The information will be given to the Bureau of Land Management to create a new map. For more, email

Northwest Colorado Health is offering free-drop-in cardiovascular screenings this Thursday, at their office at 645 Russell Street. It’s part of World Heart Day.

Moffat County Football lost their game Saturday, to Pagosa Springs, 49-20. The Bulldogs were supposed to play another team, as was Pagosa, but those games were canceled, so the two teams decided to meet halfway and play, in Olathe. Moffat County is now 2-2 heading into this weekend’s game against Basalt. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. Saturday, and it is Homecoming for the Bulldogs.

The Moffat County Cross Country team looked very strong at an invitational meet in Saratoga, Wyoming Friday. For the second year in a row, the Bulldogs were the top team. Wyatt Mortenson of Hayden, who runs for the Bulldogs finished first, for his second big win of the season.

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

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