KRAI News for Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018

Firefighters have been busy in Craig, Hayden, and Routt County.

The Irwin Fire is the big one right now. It is next to Routt County Road 53 south of Hayden. It has burned about 170 acres on private land. Firefighters are cutting dozer lines, and putting out hot spots. One home was evacuated. Air tankers made 24 drops on the fire, including drops on that home. West Routt, Oak Creek, Yampa, and Steamboat area Fire Protection Districts are all working it. A crew on assignment with the U.S. Forest Service is also fighting the fire.

The Murphy Fire is northwest of Hayden. As of Monday afternoon, it has burned more than 500 acres, but evacuations are lifted, and it is now contained.

Another fire closed Highway 13 between Craig and Meeker on Saturday. About 324 acres burned. It’s called the James Fire, also caused by lightning.

Moffat County Road and Bridge employees spent the weekend cleaning up the county shop after a fire destroyed one of the fuel tanks. Moffat County Commissioner Ray Beck went by the site on Saturday, to bring lunch to the Road and Bridge employees. They were taking care of thousands of gallons of diesel fuel that spilled. The county will figure out next week how much it will cost to replace the tank and fix the damage. Moffat County and the City of Craig are still under Stage 1 Fire Restrictions.

A horse was hit and killed near the Sand Wash Basin in Moffat County this weekend. It was early in the morning. Cindy Wright with the Sand Wash Basin Wild Horse Warriors thinks visibility was low. The group wants CDot to help build a fence but says they have backed out. Wright thinks they can do it for less than $100,000. Another member of the group told the Craig Press that CDot says they won’t do it because there isn’t enough vehicle traffic in the Sand Wash Basin to warrant more signs or a fence.

A workshop to learn about the Sunshine Law is October 1. The Craig Press is organizing it, so everyone can learn more about governmental transparency. Craig City Council is invited, along with all local elected officials, anyone serving on a public board, and concerned citizens. The workshop is at 8 in the morning on Monday, Oct. 1, in the library at CNCC. If you want to go, email Sasha Nelson at .

The Rangely Fall Classic volleyball tournament was this weekend. The home team, Rangely, beat the Moffat County Lady Bulldogs Friday. Then Moffat County beat Telluride and the Lotus School for Excellence, but lose to Hayden. The Bulldogs host Basalt tomorrow and Coal Ridge on Thursday.

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