KRAI News for Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020

Wind, Rain, Snow, Smoke, and more wind pounded Steamboat Springs Tuesday. The winds were howling throughout the valley. Unconfirmed reports have them at over 100 miles per hour up at Steamboat Resort.

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Trees were snapping and are down all over town. The sound of chainsaws could be heard throughout neighborhoods into the evening. City crews were out early to help clear downed trees from the roadways. Here’s Public Works Director Jon Snyder.

Snyder says cleanup of the trees will take quite a while.

Power also went out in Moffat and Routt Counties. Many also many lost internet service. Rabbit Ears Pass closed for a while because of icy conditions and blowing snow.



On a positive note, Steamboat Ski Area is proud to report the first snow of the season up on the slopes. Steamboat’s Opening Day is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 21.


The Middle Fork Fire is now a Type 3 Fire. It’s still burning but the rain and snow on Tuesday helped. The fire is up in the Mount Zirkel Wilderness in Routt National Forest. Aaron Voos with the forest service says the area of the fire will be closed today so that hunters, outfitters, campers, and hikers don’t venture up there.

Because of the weather, the helicopters couldn’t fly to help put the fire out or do any mapping so there isn’t an update on how much the fire has spread. One good thing is that the wet and cool forecast has been extended to Friday.

About an inch of snow fell on the Cameron Peak Fire east of Steamboat. The fire has moved into Rocky Mountain National Park.  Trail Ridge Road is still closed. Fire officials think the Cameron Peak fire will keep burning through October.

A body of a missing bow hunter from Wisconsin was found Friday, after he was reported missing. It happened in Rio Blanco County. 58-year-old Russell Sharp was last seen walking into the Milk Creek drainage. When he was overdue, the sheriff’s office was called. Search and Rescue teams from Moffat, Mesa, and Garfield Counties helped with the search as did Classic Air Medical and Colorado National Guard from the air and four dog teams. The K9 teams were able to narrow the search as Sharp was hard to spot wearing camouflage clothing. No foul play is suspected.

Coffee and a Newspaper is this morning, at the Craig Hotel on Cedar Circle. The special guest this month is Moffat County School District Superintendent Scott Pankow.

For the weather, don’t forget to call the KRAI Time, Temp, and Weather Hotline at 970-824-1918.

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