NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS FOR THURSDAY, JULY 4TH

AREA FIREWORKS DISPLAY SCHEDULE FOR TONIGHT

Fireworks displays are scheduled for several areas in Northwest Colorado and Southcentral Wyoming tonight.  Craig’s display will go off from Moffat County High School.  Steamboat’s will be at Howelson Hill.  Meeker’s display will happen at City Park.  Rangely’s will go off at Kennedy Reservoir.  In Yampa, the fireworks will be set off behind the fire station.  There will also be a display at the Dixon Arena.  All shows are expected to go off at around 9:30 tonight.

VFW PLANS MEMORIAL DEDICATION TODAY

Rio Blanco County’s chapters of the VFW and the Ladies Auxiliary will dedicate the Rio Blanco County Veterans Memorial during a ceremony today. The monument was sculpted by John Kobald, a local artist, and is one of the first monuments depicting a modern day infantry soldier honoring all men and women who have served in the U.S. military. The dedication follow the Range Call Parade which begins at 10 this morning.  The dedication is expected to begin at 11am on the lawn in front of the County Courthouse at 6th and Main.

 

FIRE RESTRICTIONS ACROSS NORTHWEST COLORADO

Fire restrictions have been enacted over a large portion of Northwest Colorado.  Moffat and Routt Counties and the City of Steamboat have all implemented Stage 1 restrictions.  The restrictions deal with open fires, which includes agricultural and trash burning, and campfires.  Fire conditions are high in most areas of Northwest Colorado, and fire managers are trying to prevent any man-made wildfires over the 4th of July holiday and beyond.  Fire restrictions were also enacted on local BLM and forest land yesterday.  Details about what activities are restricted can be found below.

STAGE ONE RESTRICTIONS:

The following acts are prohibited on all private and state owned lands outside of
municipal boundaries. This does not affect federal lands within Routt County.

  1. Building, maintaining, attending or using any fire to burn trash, debris, fence rows, irrigation ditches or vegetation, any campfire, warming fire, charcoal grill, except in designated campgrounds, picnic areas or developed recreational sites.
  2. Smoking; except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed
    recreational site, or while stopped in an area of at least (3) feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material.
  3. Operating a chainsaw without a USDA or SAE approved spark arresting device (muffler) properly installed and in effective working order, and a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher of not less than eight (8) ounce capacity by weight, and one (1) round pointed shovel with an overall length of at least 36 inches. The extinguisher will be with the chainsaw operator. The shovel may be kept with the fueling supplies but readily available for quick use.
  4. Welding or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame; except within an area that is barren or cleared of all flammable material at least 10 feet on all sides from the equipment.

5. Using explosives requiring fuses or blasting caps.

Exemptions from Stage One Restrictions:

  1. Persons with a valid written permit which specifically authorizes the
    prohibited act: (a) from the fire protection district chief if subject land is within a fire protection district; (b) or Routt County Emergency Manager after consultation with the Routt County Sheriff if subject land is not within a fire protection district.
  2. Any federal, state or local officer or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an actual duty.
    1. Any fires contained within stoves, fireplaces within buildings, charcoal grill fires, recreational fires at private residences with valid permit from district chief, and permanent fire pits or fire grates in developed picnic grounds and camp grounds.
    2. Burning of irrigation ditches located within and completely surrounded by irrigated farm lands where such burning is necessary for crop survival with proper permit from: (a) fire protection district chief if subject land is within  fire protection district; (b) or Routt County Emergency Manager after consultation with the Routt County Sheriff if subject land is not within a fire protection district.
    3. Hot air balloon activities and the use of UL approved liquid-fueled or gas fueled “Camp Fire in a Can.”   Campfires or bonfires required in religious ceremonies where a specific written permit has been granted in advance by: (a) the fire protection district chief if subject land is within a fire protection district; or (b) the Routt County Emergency Manager after consultation with the Routt County Sheriff if subject land is not within a fire protection district.

Body of Udall Found In Wyoming

James “Randy” Udall, 61, the younger brother of Colorado Senator Mark Udall, who had gone missing inWyoming, was found dead by a search and rescue team yesterday.  An autopsy is pending, but he appeared to have died of natural causes. Udall’s body was discovered in a remote area of the Wind River Range, according to Sublette County Sheriff’s Department.