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Elk Springs Fire Concerns

fire-1-300The approximately 300 acre Elk Springs Fire was reported yesterday afternoon and is being managed under a Unified Command over Bureau of Land Management, State, and private lands. It is burning in grass, sage, pinion and juniper about 1 ½ mile south of Highway 40, southeast of Elk Springs. The main concern for this fire is Continue reading

Area Fires Update For Sunday

fire season smallWindy conditions yesterday, combined with lightning resulted in several new fires. The Elk Springs Fire on State, Bureau of Land Management, and private land started late yesterday afternoon. Aerial and ground resources responded to the incident; however difficult access, windy conditions, and receptive fuels are making firefighting efforts Continue reading

Alkali Fire 75% Contained

WILDFIREContainment lines on the Alkali Fire have held for a second day and fire personnel feel confident they have turned the corner on the fire. Three engines and one of the State 20-person hand crews Continue reading

Wildfires Sparked by Lightning

WILDFIREWith afternoon thunder and lightning storms last week new wildland fires erupted in Rio Blanco and Moffat Counties. Fire crews and engines responded to six fires on BLM land Thursday afternoon. All Continue reading

Fire Managers Battle Several Lightning Sparked Fires

WILDFIREThe Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit responded to eight lightning caused wildland fires in Moffat and Rio Blanco counties yesterday late afternoon.  In Moffat County, the Continue reading

Tipton and Gardner Urge Feds to Keep Hands off Vermillion Basin

RAY OWENS AND SALLY JEWELLToday, Congressmen Scott Tipton (R-CO) and Cory Gardner (R-CO) outlined concerns over the President’s use of the Antiquities Act to unilaterally designate large swaths lands in western states as national monuments, and warned Continue reading

Haze/Smoke Reported In Area Skies

BLMMany people are reporting smoke or haze in the area, and have expressed their concern that it may be from a nearby fire.  According to Lynn Barclay with the Bureau of Land Management, there are no wildfires of a significant size in Colorado that could put that volume of smoke in the air.  She stated what people are seeing is haze most likely coming from wildfires in Canada.

BLM and Fish and Wildlife Presents One-Size-Fits-All Approach to Sage Grouse

sage_grouse-300Yesterday, Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO) stressed that state and local involvement is a necessity as the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) revises 11 resource management plans (RMP) in Colorado and Utah. The BLM proposal, which would impact 800,000 acres in the states, comes on the heels of a Continue reading

Moffat County Commissioners Write Letter Regarding Potential Vermillion Designation

MC Commissioners-150The Moffat County Commissioners have decided to write their own letter, opposing any Monument designations in the county that don’t go through the proper public process.  While President Obama’s plans are still hazy, there is rumor that he wants to make the Vermillion Basin a National Monument.  The Continue reading

Records Show Inspections of Oil and Gas Wells is Lagging

Co-Oil-Gas-300Federal records show that more than 240 newly drilled oil and gas wells considered high pollution risks on Colorado public lands weren’t inspected during a recent three-year period.  U.S. Bureau of Land Management data reviewed by The Associated Press show that almost Continue reading

Obama Reportedly Wants to Designate Vermillion Basin as Monument

obamaRumors are rampant that  the Obama Administration wants to designate Vermillion Basin as a National Monument. The issue was brought up at the Moffat County Commissioners meeting yesterday.  According to David Boyd, a Public Affairs Specialist with the Bureau of Land Management, Commissioner Chuck Grobe Continue reading

Commissioners Approve Bid for Sign, Send Out Letters Stating Positions

MC Commissioners-150The Moffat County Commissioners accepted a bid from I-C-E yesterday to put a new sign at Loudy Simpson Park.  The sign will be a digital display, similar to the one at the Moffat County Fairgrounds.  However the commissioners say this sign will be better, with more options and a better display.  It will also cost less.  The Continue reading