A wildfire sprung up along Highway 40, near Lay in Moffat County Tuesday afternoon. The Craig Press reports it was at mile marker 76, and traffic was slowed down as workers got their equipment ready. Five acres burned before emergency responders could get the fire out.
Moffat County WON’T be enacting Stage 2 Fire Restrictions right now. It’s because of the recent rain. And Sheriff KC Hume says it’s also because the public is being very fire wise and being careful. Only one fire in Moffat County has been human caused. Stage 2 would have banned all campfires. And no smoking unless in a vehicle or building. Chainsaws or other equipment would have been banned too. Routt County will also sit tight, and stay with Stage 1 Fire Restrictions for now. Officials will continue to evaluate the conditions.
The cost of fighting fires is adding up. The Lake Christine Fire is the one outside of Basalt. The cost estimate for fighting that fire is at about $17 million dollars. A new firefighting team is took over fighting that fire today. It’s a Type 4 team from the Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Unit led by Dan Nielsen. Flooding is also now a big concern.
93 active large fires have burned over 1.3 million acres across the western United States. Both the nation and the region appear headed for record spending to fight wildfires.
There is still some smoke and haze in the air from fires in Northern California and Eastern Utah. The Colorado Department of Health and Environment has issued a new air quality health advisory through this morning, for Moffat and Routt Counties, also Jackson, Rio Blanco, Garfield, Eagle, and Summit Counties.
The Moffat County Board of County Commissioners will be switching banks, after Bank of the West announced last week it will no longer support coal projects. The board will wait until Moffat County Treasurer Linda Peters makes a recommendation on which bank to switch to.
The new Medical Office Building in Craig is on schedule. The steel structure is almost finished. The next phase is to enclose the building before the winter.
The Salon & Spa at Colorado Northwestern Community College will be closed for the first ten weeks of the fall semester. That’s when instructors will be teaching and training future cosmetologists. Those dates are Aug. 15 through Oct. 29.
The Craig Chamber of Commerce and Moffat County Visitor Center is looking for new board members. Terms run for three years starting in 2019. The board meets on the second Thursday of each month. The deadline is today, so call board President Amy Updike soon, at 970-824-4840 if you have any questions.
Moffat County has been awarded a grant that will help provide training to members of the community who want to help grow tourism. It was just announced by the Colorado Tourism Office. The grant is called CRAFT, for Colorado Rural Academy for Tourism. For more information, visit www.ChooseColorado.com
Wear your sunscreen if headed outside today. There will be plenty of sunshine in Northwest Colorado, with temperatures in the upper 80s. Clear skies tonight, with an 8:16 sunset. Mostly sunny on Thursday.
In Sports… the Craig Sea Sharks finished 9th overall at the Seasonal State Club Championships last weekend, in Colorado Springs. Twelve swimmers attended and competed in 80 total races. Molly Neton was honored with the Seasonal State Female Athlete of the Year.
Checking the schedule for the Moffat County Fair, which is also at www.MoffatCountyFair.com The judging of the Pavilion entries is at noon today. Drop off your homemade handiwork from 8 to 11 a.m. today. That includes jams to cakes and quilts, flowers and vegetables. It’s all there. The Sheep Show is at 5 this evening, followed by Gymkhana, and then movie night at 8:30, with Charlotte’s Web.
Thursday morning is the Goal Show starting at 8 a.m. Games and live entertainment is at noon. The Beef Show is at 2 p.m. on Thursday. And the 4th Annual Moffat County Fair Ridin’ & Riggin’ Days PRCA/WPRA Sanctioned Rodeo starts at 7 p.m. Thursday night. And don’t miss the Catch-a-Pig contest.