Three young people were injured in a single vehicle accident at almost 4 in the morning Saturday. The accident happened south of Craig on Moffat County Road 35. The 1986 Nissan pickup rolled on its side and then hit a tree. The driver of the truck was 15 years old. That driver and the two other juveniles in the car weren’t wearing seatbelts, and they were all three taken to the hospital. Memorial Regional Health was not available to update on their conditions. Colorado State Patrol is investigating, and they believe alcohol and excessive speed are contributing factors.
The Indian Valley Fire 16 miles northwest of Meeker continues to burn. Over 5,100 acres have burned from the fire in Rio Blanco County, which was started by lightning. Smoke from the wildfire is floating into Moffat County. A second fire between Sulphur Creek and Wilson Creek, also in Rio Blanco County, started Sunday afternoon. 89 fires have been recorded this year by the Craig Interagency Dispatch Center.
Two fires broke out in Routt County Sunday afternoon. One was off Highway 131, and a second was sparked by lightning off Routt County Road 44, about six miles north of the Steamboat Springs Airport.
That was Routt County Emergency Management Director Mo Demorat, who said North Routt Fire helped, as did Oak Creek, while the West Routt district covered Steamboat.
The Sarvis Creek Wilderness is now closed because of the Silver Creek Fire. It’s near the boundary of Routt and Arapahoe national forests, but moving towards Grand County. At least 85 acres have burned.
The Lake Christine Fire that started near Basalt July 3 has continued to burn into the Cattle Creek Area. It’s in a heavy beetle-kill area, and has now burned through over 10,400 acres. There is now a potential for flash flooding and mudslides if heavy rains come in the burned areas.
A woman hiking along a ridge line north of Silverthorne fell and died over the weekend. A Blackhawk helicopter from the High Altitude Army National Guard Training Site was brought in to retrieve the body.
Two men drowned at Ruedi Reservoir near Basalt Saturday. One man was swimming along near his boat in the lake and struggling. Another man from another boat went in to help. Both went under and weren’t seen again. The rescue dive team from Summit County Sheriff’s Office was able to recover the bodies Sunday morning.
The boat ramp at the reservoir at Crawford State Park closed Sunday. The reservoir is down 46 feet from full capacity. Canoes, paddleboards, and kayaks can still go in but boats with motors are no longer allowed this season.
The weather today will be partly cloudy with a chance for some raindrops to fall. The high will be 88 degrees. The sun will set at 8:33 tonight. Tuesday through Saturday will be mostly sunny.
In Sports, open gym for girls volleyball is at 9 a.m. today, at Moffat County High School.
There is a meeting tonight for boys who want to play on the Golf Team at Moffat County High School. It’s at 6 p.m. in the high school cafeteria. Coach Rod Compton will discuss the schedule which begins earlier than other fall sports. Competitions for the golf team start August 13, which is a Monday.
The parent meeting for all fall sports at the high school is at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 31, at the high school. Those sports are football, boys soccer, and volleyball. The cross country team meets August 13. Registration is open online, through the high school. For details, call 970-824-7036.
The Bulldog Football Camp for 7th and 8th graders is July 30-31. It’s run by the Moffat County High School football program, during the evening next Monday and Tuesday. It’s $25. Signup starts at 5 p.m. next Monday, at the football field.