KRAI News, Weather, and Sports for July 12, 2018

Craig City Council has passed an emergency ordinance in response to the wildfires burning across Northwest Colorado. The ordinance lets the city adopt the same fire restrictions issued by the county, in an emergency. It makes it easier for first responders to battle fires.

Arrests are being made for people not adhering to the fire bans in the state.

  • Three arrests have been made of people suspected of starting the Chateau Fire in South Central Colorado. Eight homes were burned. The three young men were arrested for allegedly leaving a campfire unattended, which started the wildfire. 23-year-old David Renfrow and 19-year-old Kegan Owens are in jail. The third is 17 years old.
  • The man accused of starting the Spring Creek Fire is also arrested. He’s charged with not putting out the fire in a fire pit, which started the 168-square mile fire that destroyed more than 130 homes and still isn’t fully contained.
  • Authorities are looking for the two people accused of using tracer ammunition at a shooting range near Basalt, about 20 miles north of Aspen. Three homes were destroyed there and at least 2,000 had to evacuate their homes. That fire is estimated to have cost $3.7 million dollars.
  • One of the latest fires to spark is the Red Canyon II Fire in Eagle County, between Edwards and Wolcott. The danger there was that the fire was headed for the power lines. Lightning is being blamed.
  • And the Skunk Creek Fire about 30 miles north of Craig, near the Wyoming border has been 100 percent contained.

The wild horse herd in the Sand Wash Basin desperately needs water. The Wild Horse Warriors group is working with the Bureau of Land Management on helping the horses. Some water troughs are going in, but help is needed hauling 3-4,000 gallons of water per day. A meeting is at 7 tonight in Craig at the Chamber of Commerce about helping the horses. Or email

A bear in south Steamboat was caught at some condos over the weekend. Kris Middledorf is with Colorado Parks and Wildlife. He says officers had heard about this bear because he’d broken into at least two homes, several open garages, and multiple garbage cans.

Middledorf says officers have been receiving reports of several smaller bears in the Burgess Creek area, Gondola Square and condos. The bear that was euthanized was injured and limping. Middledorf says to keep ground level doors and windows shut and locked, lock your car doors, clean up trash and keep it inside in a bear proof trash can, and no bird feeders.

The reward for information leading to an arrest or citation for whoever shot and killed those two mountain goats on the Quandary Peak Trail is now up to $5,000. If you might know who did it, contact Colorado Operation Game Thief at 1-877-265-6648, or it’s 1-877-COLO-OGT, as in Operation Game Thief. People have been making donations, which is why the reward has gone up to $5,000.

A 24-year-old employee of Colorado Parks and Wildlife died Tuesday at Steamboat Lake. He was swimming outside the boundaries of the swim beach when witnesses saw him struggle, go under the water and not come back up. Parks and Wildlife staff, Routt County deputies, and North Routt Fire Protection District Firefighters and EMS were able to recover the body of the man who was not from the United States but had been studying here for awhile, according to Routt County Coroner Rob Ryg. (RIG) The man’s name hasn’t been released.

The forecast today is calling for isolated thunderstorms with highs in the mid 80s. There will be plenty of sunshine through the weekend into next week.

In Sports…

The Craig Sea Sharks are headed to Grand Junction tomorrow for the Western Slope League Championships. They’ll be competing through the weekend.

The Silver Bullet Ladies Golf Classic is this weekend at Yampa Valley Golf Course.

The Family Cast, Blast ‘n Twang is coming up. Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers and volunteers will help moms, dads, and kids or anyone interested in learning the basics of shooting, archery, and fishing, in a fun, family environment. It’s from 4-8 p.m. Saturday, July 14 at the Wyman Museum in Craig. For more, call 970-878-6090.

The finals of the FIFA World Cup Soccer tournament are set. France will play Croatia. That game is at 9 in the morning, this Sunday, July 15.

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