At least seven wildfires are burning throughout Colorado, and at least 3,500 homes have had to be evacuated. The wildfire danger is rated as extreme or very high across most of the state, including Moffat County. Smaller fires have been reported in Moffat County, but nothing in Routt County. Yet. Mo Demorat heads up the Routt County Office of Emergency Management.
Demorat says to register for the local public alert system through the www.MoffatCountySheriff.com website. Look for the Code Red button. The link in Routt County is www.RouttCountyAlerts.com He adds to be aware of your surroundings and the weather conditions. If you see smoke, report it right away to Moffat County dispatch.
Structures have been lost in the fire just north of the Wyoming Border. The U.S. Forest Service hasn’t released how many buildings have been burned, but the acreage number is 5,241. The Badger Creek Fire is in the Medicine Bow National Forest.
Wild horses in the Sand Wash Basin in Moffat County won’t be getting extra water right now. The BLM says they won’t give permission to advocacy groups to bring in the water. But they will keep monitoring the situation. The Wild Horse Warriors group says they’ll keep in touch with the BLM and be ready, if they do give permission to bring in water to the basin.
The Whittle the Wood Rendezvous is underway in Craig. Eleven competitors are in Craig to carve. Free shuttle are available to Loudy-Simpson Park on Saturday. Pick up is every half hour from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Pick-up locations are in the old Safeway parking lot, at the northeast corner of Ranney Street and 1st, and at the Old Country Mall site. Colorado State Patrol is asking everyone to drive carefully as there will be many pedestrians in town, and in the area of the park. State Patrol wants to remind drivers to buckle up, celebrate responsibly, plan ahead with a designated driver, ride the free shuttle, or take a local taxi.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife will host a discussion with the Chronic Wasting Disease Advisory Group. It’s a disease that affects deer, elk, and moose. The first discussion is at 7 p.m., Tuesday, June 26, in Meeker, at the White River Electric Association building. The next meeting is the following week at CNCC campus in Craig. It’s from 7-8:30 p.m. July 2.
Flower pots filled with beautiful flowers are blossoming all over Craig. The Northwest Colorado Chapter of Parrotheads organizes the flower pots to sell to local businesses and individuals. 130 were sold. Money raised supports local scholarships.
The Moffat County Department of Human Services has been recognized by the State of Colorado for having the most overall improved performance among counties for 2017. It is the second state honor for the county’s Human Services Department. They were also recognized for providing rapid response in child welfare cases.
Expect a few clouds today in Northwest Colorado. And there might even be a stray shower or thunderstorm. Highs around 90. Partly cloudy on Friday, and then the good news is that rain is in the forecast for Saturday… all day and into Sunday. Localized flooding is possible. The chance of rain his weekend is 80 percent.
In sports, the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office is hosting its annual golf tournament this Saturday at Yampa Valley Golf Course. It’s to raise money for college scholarships for youth in Moffat County. Tracy Haskell
The tournament is a Best Ball Scramble, at it starts with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. this Saturday. Call the Yampa Valley Golf Course to register. That number is 970-824-3673.
Moffat County wrestler Elias Peroulis recently represented the Bulldogs during the All-State Games, hosted by the Colorado High School Coaches Association. They were held at Adams State in Alamosa. Peroulis was a regional champion and a team leader for the Bulldogs. And he just graduated!