The rain this weekend helped firefighters battle the wildfires burning in Northwest Colorado. As of Sunday, the Craig Interagency Dispatch Center had recorded 123 wildfires. Most were small and put out quickly.
- The four biggest fires right now are the Cache Creek Fire about eight miles southwest of Rifle. 337 people are working the fire and it is about 5 percent contained with around 1500 acres burned.
- The Red Canyon Fire is 52 miles southwest of Meeker and it has burned almost 6,000 acres, with close to 500 people working it. It is 44 percent contained.
- The Silver Creek Fire is burning in the Routt National Forest, and it has burned more than 2,000 acres and is at zero containment.
- The Cabin Lake Fire is five miles south of Buford and it has burned over 1,100 acres at 25 percent containment.
It was a rainy weekend in parts of Northwest Colorado, but dry weather is coming back. Weather stations around the county recorded as much as point-86 of an inch of rain, since Thursday morning, mostly in Oak Creek and Yampa. The National Weather Service says sunny skies are in the forecast with temperatures in the 80s through Thursday. The haze from wildfires will be light to moderate.
As for wildfires in Northwest Colorado, Moffat County Commissioners will discuss possible Stage 2 fire restrictions with Sheriff KC Hume at their meeting Tuesday night.
Routt County officials are also considering implementing Stage 2 fire restrictions this week, for parts of unincorporated Routt County. If it happens, they’ll go into effect Wednesday morning. Fire restrictions are based on seven criteria, including how many fires are burning in the area, and the amount of moisture in fuels. Stage 1 fire restrictions have been in place since June 29 in Moffat County and Routt County, Steamboat and U.S. Forest Service lands and BLM lands. Stage two fire restrictions are already in place in Rio Blanco and Jackson counties.
The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a drive-by shooting that happened early Saturday in Grand Junction. A house on Countryside Lane had multiple gunshots in the garage area, and an 18-year-old inside the house was injured and taken to the hospital.
Colorado is 142 years old, having just celebrated its birthday. The Centennial State joined the union on Aug. 1, 1876. Today, you can celebrate the beauty of Colorado by visiting any state parks for free. There are 41 of them. Here in Northwest Colorado, that would be Rifle Falls, Rifle Gap, and Harvey Gap, Stagecoach, Steamboat Lake and Pearl Lake, Elkhead Reservoir, and Yampa River State Park near Hayden.
All of August is free for any active-duty military and veterans.
The weather today will be sunny and beautiful with temperatures in the mid 80s. It will be even warmer for the next few days. This evening, mostly clear with a low of 44.
In Sports, about 100 runners took part in Saturday’s Elevation Education 5K and One-Mile Fun Run, with happy winners in every category.
The Bear River Young Life Charity Golf Tournament had colorful costumes, and lots of happy energy on Saturday, bringing in more than $15,000 for Young Life, with 23 teams on the links at Yampa Valley Golf Course. Winning the scramble with the best scores was the foursome of Butch Behrman, Michael Clark, Dave Andujo, (And-Doo-Ho) Jr., and Todd Ruckman with a score of 57. The longest drive was Shane Camilletti for the men and Sandy Camilletti for the women.
There is a 4-H and FFA Halter and Performance Horse Show at Moffat County Fairgrounds this morning. Tomorrow morning, is the 4-H Dog Show at the fairgrounds.