KRAI News, Weather, and Sports for July 9, 2018

Fires continue to burn in Moffat County.

  • The Divide Fire is 23 miles north of Craig. Nearly 20,000 acres have burned. About 70 firefighters are working the fire lines, and it was 40 percent contained on Sunday. Two structures have been destroyed.
  • The Thornburg Fire is five miles west of Maybell. It has burned over 16-hundred (16,360) acres, and did not grow on Sunday. Two helicopters and 45 firefighters are working the fire, and it was about 50 percent contained on Sunday.
  • More small fires started throughout the weekend because of lightning. The Fawn Fire is about 30 miles southwest of Meeker. 55 firefighters are there. The Ridge Fire is a 150-acre fire near Mile Marker 27 on Highway 13.
  • Northwest Colorado is still under Stage 1 Fire Restrictions.
  • A new fire has started as of last night in Wolcott, and it is affecting power. Residents in Edwards, Avon, Vail, Minturn, and Beaver Creek have been told to anticipate a prolonged power outage.

The Rifle Animal Shelter, Routt County Humane Society, and Summit County Animal Control and Shelter have some new pets. They have been transferred and relocated from the Colorado Animal Rescue in Basalt, where a big fire has been burning. 65 animals were evacuated to five other Colorado shelters so that there could be more room for animals and pets displaced from the Basalt fire. The transferred animals are available for adoption, but some are in need of foster homes.

Evacuations are expected to be lifted for most homes at the Lake Christine Fire near Basalt today. Close to 6,000 acres have burned and the fire was only eight percent contained Saturday night. One firefighter broken some ribs after rolling down a hill.

Drought conditions are not good, looking to be the worst since 2002. The U.S. Drought Monitor reports that 80 percent of the state is experiencing some sort of drought. The water shortage is affecting nearly 2.4 million Colorado residents, or 47 percent of the population.

A man from Grand Junction died in a rollover Crash in Routt County Sunday morning. 20-year-old Brayan Rodriguez-Peraza was driving the truck when it lost control and rolled several times. The accident happened about three miles south of Toponas. A passenger in the truck was taken to the hospital in Steamboat with moderate injuries. Colorado State Patrol is investigating.

The victim of that fatal car crash near Dinosaur National Monument late last month has been identified. She is 18-year-old Maria Blakley from Dinosaur. The accident happened about three miles north of Highway 40, along the Harpers Corner Road scenic drive.

The town of Hayden is doing aerial spraying for mosquitoes, July 10, 11, or 12th, depending on the wind and weather. They’ll spray again in August.

Officials say two young mountain goats were shot and killed near the mountain summit of Quandary Peak, which is south of Breckenridge. It happened last Tuesday. The male goats were less than two years old. Colorado Parks and Wildlife wants to know who did it. There is a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. Anyone convicted of felony poaching can go to jail, and face a lot of fines.

Searchers are looking for a hiker from Fort Collins. He was last seen in Rocky Mountain National Park. His car is at the trailhead and he texted a picture of himself from the summit of Mount Meeker on June 30.

Look for partly cloudy skies today, with highs in the mid 90s, and then the exact same tomorrow. There could be a stray shower or thunderstorm here in northwest Colorado. It will cool off a bit on Wednesday and Thursday.

In Sports…

In the FIFA World Cup Soccer tournament. France plays Belgium at noon tomorrow. Croatia matches up against England at the same time on Wednesday.

Registration has started for all fall sports at Moffat County High School. Athletes have to be registered and have a verified physical exam to participate.

Boys and girls in grades three through six can also now sign up for the Doak Walker Tackle Football program through Craig Parks and Rec. Practices start in early August.

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