KRAI News, Weather, and Sports for July 5, 2018

Fireworks in Craig didn’t happen on the 4th of July. That’s because a fire started about 30 miles northwest of Craig. Craig Fire Rescue Captain Doug Willems spoke to KRAI right after the fireworks were cancelled.

Willems said Wednesday evening that the fire was, “burning very rapidly and vigorously.”

More fire updates…

A wildfire sparked Monday in Routt National Forest, about 13 miles northeast of Steamboat. It was near Teal Lake, and it burned about 30 acres. But the U.S. Forest Service says it is about 40 percent contained. It’s called the Chedsey Fire. The firefighters working it are conducting a burnout which means they’ll ignite vegetation to help secure the perimeter of the fire according to a Twitter Post from the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest. The fire is burning in a heavy area of beetle kill trees.

Another very big fire right now is near Basalt. It was started at a shooting range, with people shooting tracer rounds, despite a Stage 2 fire ban in Eagle County that bans that type of ammunition. The two suspects have been issued a court summons in lieu of arrests. At least 500 homes have been evacuated at Lake Christine near Basalt. At least 2,500 acres have burned.

And the Spring Fire in southern Colorado has burned about 90 square miles now, and more than 100 homes have been destroyed. The man accused of starting it has been arrested. He is from Denmark and was living in the United States illegally, on an expired visa.

A fire is also burning near the base of the Grand Mesa. It’s called the Brandon Ditch Fire.

A body was discovered Wednesday near Soda Creek, and authorities are suspecting it was the body of Matthew Shelters of Steamboat. 38-year-old Shelters has been missing since late April. Here’s Routt County Coroner Rob Ryg.

The body was found by Routt County Commissioner Cari Hermacinski Wednesday afternoon. An autopsy will be conducted at 1 o’clock today. The family of Matthew Shelters has confirmed the death on Facebook, adding, “Our hearts are broken.”

In a couple of items from the Craig Police Department Police Blotter…

Some license plates were reported stolen from vehicles Monday morning. And Monday evening, officers were investigating a report of mailboxes being broken into on the 400 block of Yampa Street.

That mountain lion that was found up on Emerald Mountain in Steamboat Springs last month was suffering from a neurologic disease. That’s according to testing done by the Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Wildlife Health Lab. The mountain lion’s stomach had large sticks, and twigs, and grass in it. And there were hemorrhages in the lion’s brain which may have been caused by a bacterial infection. The animal tested negative for rabies.

Water in the Roaring Fork River is getting warm. Colorado Parks and Wildlife is asking those who are fishing not to fish on hot days, when rivers and streams hit 67 degrees or warmer. Officials have asked for a voluntary fishing closure on the Roaring Fork because of the high water temperatures.

In Crested Butte, the wildflowers are reportedly better than ever. The Crested Butte Wildflower Festival starts Friday.

The weather in northwest Colorado today is mostly sunny with a high of 90 degrees, and a low of 49. The sun will set tonight at 8:43. There is a slight chance for a stray shower or thunderstorm. Skies will be partly cloudy tonight. Friday will be sunny with a high of 94.

In sports, there is a lot of soccer tonight in Craig, at the Woodbury Sports Complex. Youth teams are practicing at 5:30. The Craig Sea Sharks are headed to Montrose Friday through the weekend for the Montrose Marlins Summer Open. And the Yampa Cup is this weekend. It is Saturday at Steamboat Springs Golf Club and Sunday at the Yampa Valley Golf Course. Open practices for Moffat County High School football start Monday morning.


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