KRAI News for Monday, Sept. 9, 2019

The Hunt Fire continues to burn in Rio Blanco County. Over 2,300 hundred acres have burned, in a remote area 26 miles southwest of Meeker. It’s burning in an area full of dead trees and thick brush. Two helicopters are working the fire along with firefighters from the Northwest Colorado Interagency Fire Management Unit and fire engines from the BLM. The Hunt Fire started last Thursday because of lightning.

Three small fires started in Routt County Sunday afternoon, after heavy storms rolled through the valley. All were under control by Sunday evening. Two fires were started from lightning, one northeast of Oak Creek near Thorpe Mountain. It burned about two acres. The second fire was near the gravel pits south of Milner. The third fire started when a tree fell on a power line in the 10th block of Logan Avenue in Steamboat Springs. The Routt County Office of Emergency Management wants to remind everyone to be careful with campfires and other fire hazards right now.

The National Weather Service in Grand Junction is considering changing the angle for its radar in northwest Colorado. This means more skies would be in the forecast, which would mean more accurate forecasts for the Yampa Valley. Forecasters would be able to better predict aspects of incoming storms. The Weather Service is accepting public comments on the proposal through Sept. 18. You can make those comments online at The complete link is at

Colorado Northwestern Community College is offering an associates degree of science with a paleontology program. The Craig Press reports CNCC has been established as a Federal Fossil Repository by the Bureau of Land Management. It’s the only community college in the country that has the status. CNCC also offers summer digging trips where students can learn how to identify fossils, learn field techniques, and some lab techniques.

The Community Children’s Health Fair is coming up this Friday, Sept. 13. It’s free for kids from zero to five years’ old. It’s at the LDS Church on 9th Street., Call 970-824-1081 to schedule an appointment.

The Moffat County Bulldogs had a big win Friday night. KRAI’s Vladan Chase has the details.

Also last weekend, Steamboat lost to Cedaredge 21-13. And Soroco beat Sangre de Cristo, 54-14.

In Cross Country, Moffat County High School competed over the weekend at the Liberty Bell Invitational at Heritage High School in Littleton. Wyatt Mortenson of Hayden won the boys race. He competes for Moffat County. The Lady Bulldogs took the top spot in the group rankings for Division 3.

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

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