A small brush fire was quickly put out Sunday, near the Craig Airport. It happened on the north side of Colorado Highway 394, about four miles south of Craig. The fire burned less than an acre and was under control in about 15 minutes. No one was hurt, and no structures were burned. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office.
The San Juan National Forest is shutting down because of extreme fire danger. 1.8 million acres in the San Juan National Forest in southwestern Colorado will be closed to hikers, bikers, horseback riders, and campers. The fear is over campfires, which could start another wildfire. Residents from over 2,000 homes in the Durango area have been evacuated. Over 22,000 acres have burned. National forests and parks in Arizona and New Mexico have also shut down as the Southwest struggles with severe drought.
Firefighters are still watching the Bocco fire north of Wolcott. Over 400 acres have burned and it is 20 percent contained. A new fire has started near the Wyoming border on the east side of the Continental Divide. The Badger Creek Fire is burning northwest of Walden in the Medicine Bow National Forest.
Steamboat Resort is keeping its snowmaking lines charged with water in case they need to be used for fighting fires. Rain is in the forecast throughout Northwest Colorado this weekend, with showers forecasted for Saturday and Sunday evenings.
The body of a man from Rifle was found in the Colorado River near Parachute over the weekend. 29-year-old Joshua Gomez was last seen in New Castle in late May. The coroner’s office in Garfield County will do an autopsy, and is asking for any information on the death.
Public areas along Highway 40 near Lay were cleaned up this weekend. Lay is between Craig and Maybell. Members of the Augusta Wallihan Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution did the work, and also installed insulation in the historic Lay School.
In Garfield County, fireworks have been banned in unincorporated areas of the county until the fire danger subsides. Garfield County commissioners passed an ordinance to support the ban, which could be in effect through the end of the year. Anyone caught using fireworks has to pay a fine of $1,000 for each violation.
Rangely District Hospital has a new name. It’s the Rangely Community Medical Health and Wellness Center. It’s designed to reflect the variety of services performed by staff at the hospital.
The weather in Northwest Colorado today will be sunny and in the mid 80s. The sun will be setting tonight at 8:41 and skies will be clear. More sunshine is headed our way tomorrow, with highs in the low 90s.
Sad news out of Southern California…The 19-month-old daughter of U.S. Olympic skier Bode Miller drowned in a swimming Pool this weekend. Miller has three other children, and has asked for privacy for his family.
NBA Hall of Fame basketball player Dennis Rodman is also in Singapore. He’s there for the historic summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, even though he wasn’t invited. Rodman has visited North Korea before to meet with Kim Jong Un, because he considers him a friend. But he started crying on CNN when he talked about it because he said he got death threats for doing it.