NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS FOR FRIDAY, JULY 26TH

Area Fires Update

Both the Citadel (Moffat County) and East Tschuddi (Rio Blanco County) fires have reached 90% containment and personnel reductions continue. Firefighters will monitor any remaining fire activity as fuels may continue to smolder within the fire perimeter.  Due to continued favorable weather conditions, the fires have not grown and are not predicted to grow.  One helicopter remains to support the fires while the other aerial resources have been moved to pre-positioned locations for regional support.  

Citadel Fire Statistics at a Glance:

Time/Date Started:  July 21, 2013, 12:00 p.m.

  • Location: 40 miles NW of Meeker, Colorado
  • Cause: Lightning
  • Fuels: Piñon –Juniper, Sage Brush
  • Size: 2,009 acres (1,925 acres BLM, 84 acres State lands)
  • Containment: 90%
  • Time/Date Started:  July 20, 2013, 3:30 p.m.
  • Location: 20 miles NW of Meeker, Colorado
  • Cause: Lightning
  • Fuels: Piñon –Juniper, Sage Brush, Oak Brush, Douglas Fir

 East Tschuddi Fire Statistics at a Glance:

  • Time/Date Started:  July 20, 2013, 3:30 p.m.
  • Location: 20 miles NW of Meeker, Colorado
  • Cause: Lightning
  • Fuels: Piñon –Juniper, Sage Brush, Oak Brush, Douglas Fir
  • Size: 647 acres (603 acres BLM, 44 acres private lands
  • Containment: 90%

Leftover Hunting Licenses On-sale Next Month

Leftover big game hunting licenses will go on sale to the public on, August 6th at Colorado Parks and Wildlife offices and  hunting license retailers statewide.  Leftover licenses are those limited licenses that did not sell during the annual license draw process. With hunting applications being up by four percent this spring, there are fewer leftover licenses available than last year but hunters will still find plenty of opportunity. In addition to the approximately 33,000 elk licenses, 6,800 deer licenses and 3,800 pronghorn licenses that will be available, more than 1,500 bear licenses and 120 leftover fall turkey licenses will also go on sale that day.  If you plan to purchase a leftover license, you should come prepared with your driver’s license and hunter education card. State law requires that anyone purchasing a hunting or fishing license provide their social security number. Hunters interested in purchasing private-land-only licenses must obtain permission from landowners before they can hunt on private land.  Look here for more information and a complete list of leftover licenses that will go on sale on August 6th.

 

Volunteers Still Needed For Balloon Festival

The Moffat County Balloon Festival is just over a week away and event organizers are still looking for volunteers for the 4th annual event on August 3rd and 4th.  Volunteers are needed to help launch the hot air balloons at 6am both days, and to help out with kids activities on Saturday.  To volunteer contact Maggie St. John at stjohnmt@msn.com or call 629-1367 – 824-2882 –for more information or to sign up.

 

FREE ADMISSION INTO STATE PARKS

Colorado Parks and Wildlife will celebrate Colorado Day on August. 5 by offering free entrance at all 42 state parks. Colorado Day was created by the state legislature to mark the anniversary of statehood. Free entrance at the state parks is an annual Colorado Day tradition.  “Colorado Day is an opportunity to get outside and experience the diverse natural beauty and recreational activities that all of the 42 state parks have to offer.  All other fees, including camping and reservations will remain in effect on August 5th.  There are a huge variety of recreational opportunities at Colorado State Parks. Float your boat or kayak, or raft a river. View wildlife and birds, catch fish, hike, go geocaching, ride some of the best OHV trails in the state or go horseback or bike riding.  For more information about Colorado Day and free state park admission follow this link.

Bronco Training Camp Schedule

Back from the off season the Denver Broncos strapped on their helmets and hit the practice field yesterday to start preparations for the 2013 season at the team’s annual training camp which features 16 practices that will be open to the public free of charge, through August 15th. All practices will be held at the Broncos Centre in Englewood, with the exception of the August 3rd practice, which will take place at Mile High Stadium. The Broncos 1st preseason game will be on Thursday August 8th at San Francisco. The regular season kicks off with a home game against Baltimore on Sept 5th. 55 Country will again be the official radio home of the Broncos in Northwest Colorado. You’ll find a full schedule of open practice dates and times below:

Thursday, July 25
8:50-11:30 a.m.

Friday, July 26
10:25 a.m.-1:05 p.m.

Saturday, July 27
8:50-11:30 a.m.

Sunday, July 28
10:25 a.m.-1:05 p.m.

Monday, July 29
8:50-11:30 a.m.

Wednesday, July 31
10:25 a.m.-1:05 p.m.

Thursday, August 1
8:50-11:30 a.m.

Friday, August 2
10:25 a.m.-1:05 p.m.

Saturday, August 3
5-9 p.m.
(Summer Scrimmage at Sports Authority Field at Mile High)

Monday, August 5
10:25 a.m.-1:05 p.m.

Tuesday, August 6
8:50-11:30 a.m.

Saturday, August 10
8:50-11:30 a.m.

Monday, August 12
10:25 a.m.-1:05 p.m.

Tuesday, August 13
8:50-11:30 a.m.

Wednesday, August 14
10:25 a.m.-1:05 p.m.

Thursday, August 15
8:50-11:30 a.m.  

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