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Update On The Wild and Hacking Fires

The fires on Wild Mountain within Dinosaur National Monument continued to grow slowly yesterday. Currently, the fires are estimated to be approximately 380 acres, up from approximately 360 acres on Friday. The fires remain within the Colorado portion of Dinosaur National Monument and pose no threat to any structures or surrounding property. There is also no threat to either the Jones Hole or Harpers Corner areas of the monument even though visitors to those areas may encounter smoke.  The fires are located in very rough, steep and inaccessible terrain which poses safety hazards to firefighters. The National Park Service is currently cooperating with the Bureau of Land Management on the management of the fires in the event of movement down a drainage and towards the monument boundaries.  The fires are primarily being managed for the natural benefits fire provides, including fuel reduction, returning nutrients to the soil and improving wildlife habitat and forage. Fire crews are beginning suppression actions on one flank of the fire to prevent further spread in that direction. Fire managers continue to coordinate with private inholdings within that portion of the monument to protect private property.  In addition to the fire crew from Dinosaur National Monument, a helicopter and the Black Hills Fire Module from South Dakota are now on scene. A total of 24 personnel, not including additional support from other monument staff, are assisting with fire operations. The Canyon Overlook and Picnic Area along the Harpers Corner Road are closed to the public for use as a helicopter landing spot. Visitors to the monument and residents of the nearby communities of Vernal, Roosevelt, and Rangely may see smoke rising from the Wild Mountain area. Depending on winds and temperatures, smoke may also settle in the river canyons and particularly the Echo Park area of the monument.

Wildfire North Of Rifle Closes Hatchery, State Park

Due to the Ward Gulch wildfire currently burning north of the city of Rifle, fire officials have closed Highway 325 until further notice.  The highway leads to Rifle Falls State Park and the Rifle Falls Fish Hatchery. The public is currently not being allowed to enter the state park or the hatchery.  At Rifle Gap State Park, located approximately three miles south of the fire, boating is prohibited and shoreline access is limited while helicopters dip into the reservoir for water as part of firefighting efforts.  Anyone planning to visit Rifle Gap State Park, Rifle Falls State Park or the Rifle Falls Fish Hatchery are asked to seek alternative areas for recreation until further notice.  Nearby Harvey Gap State Park remains open; however, only motorboats with 20 horsepower engines or less are allowed in the water.  The American Red Cross opened a shelter in Rifle in response to evacuations ordered for the Ward Gulch Fire near Rifle, but placed the shelter in standby mode after determining that no evacuees planned to utilize the shelter.

Young Pleads Guilty

On September 7, 2012, Daveth Young was charged with 2 counts of sexual assault on a child.  After a four day jury trial that began on May 13, 2013 jurors were unable to unanimously agree upon a verdict and Judge Hill declared a mistrial. The case was scheduled for a new trial beginning on August 12, 2013.  Instead of re-trying the case, the 14th Judicial District Attorney’s Office agreed to a disposition of the case where on June 14, 2013, Mr. Young pleaded guilty to one count of Unlawful Sexual Contact, a class 1 misdemeanor.  As part of the disposition, Mr. Young will be sentenced to sex offender probation for five (5) years and be required to register as a sex offender for a minimum of 10 years.  Other terms and conditions of his sentence would be determined by the court at sentencing hearing which is set for September 6, 2013 at 1:00 p.m..  District Attorney Brett Barkey stated “this disposition appropriately balances the seriousness of the offense with the difficulties of a retrial, including that the child-victim would be re-traumatized by having to testify again.”


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