KRAI News for Thursday, July 15, 2020

Four fires are burning in Rio Blanco County, southwest of Meeker. It’s getting smoky there. The Bureau of Land Management is working a fire in the Wilderness Study area. That’s west of Powell Park. Three other fires are burning in the Piceance Creek area south of Colorado Highway 64. The Fawn Creek Fire is over 2,400 acres. Work crews are trying to burn off vegetation between the fire and the roads of the Stewart Fire which is just over 100 acres. The Wolf Fire has grown to 300 acres. All of the fires are at zero percent containment as of Wednesday evening. Fire crews are worried about fire behavior as the weather warms and the winds pick up. The public is being asked to avoid the area so the firefighters can do their jobs. Rio Blanco County is under Stage One Fire Restrictions, as is Moffat County.

Testing for COVID-19 is being done in counties across Colorado. But the problem now is turnaround time. Tests are being done in Moffat and Routt Counties, but it has been taking between five and 11 days to get the results back from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. 24 to 48 hours would be best but local health officials say that right now, three to five days would be appreciated. The Moffat and Routt County Public Health Medical Officer Dr. Brian Harrington says if you have symptoms and you’re waiting for test results to come back, you should self-isolate on your own.

The Routt and Moffat County Public Health Director Kari Ladrow says Public Health in Routt County has 2,000 test kits available. The problem is getting those results back.

The state is increasing its spending for testing to $20 million dollars and they are adding a night shift to their testing lab.

Grab a mask if you’re headed to Walmart. Masks will be required for all customers to wear at all stores in the United States starting Monday. Walmart is the largest retailer to mandate facial coverings as cases of the coronavirus continue to rise. About 65 percent of more than 5,000 Walmart and Sam’s Club stores are already in an area where masks are required. That includes Steamboat. But at the Walmart in Craig, masks aren’t required now, but they will be on Monday. More:

Craig City Council is giving $17,500 dollars to help with a mill levy campaign being run by Memorial Regional Health. It’s to support the campaign for Emergency Medical Services in Moffat County. MRH will match the money. The same amount is being given from Moffat County and the Fire Protection District. Part of it will pay for attorney fees to help determine and map an EMS district. Then the request for the mill levy can get on the ballot. The Craig Press also reports that the goal is to have an EMS under its own district that will be supported by the taxpayers of Moffat County.

Hayden Town Council meets tonight. That meeting starts at 7:30. You can listen via Zoom or on the Facebook page for the Town of Hayden.

  • Zoom Meeting
  • Meeting ID: 875 5110 7832
  • One tap mobile +13462487799,,87551107832# US (Houston) or +16699009128,,87551107832# US (San Jose)
  • Also on the Town of Hayden Facebook page at

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