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UPDATE: Three Fires Still Burning In Northwest Colorado

Firefighters limited the growth of the Himes Peek fire, burning in the Flat Tops 46 miles east of Meeker Thursday, keeping the blaze at an estimated 100 acres. Crews, who are working to extinguish the lightning started fire as fast as possible, also increased containment to 25%. The Continue reading

Big Red Fire Bigger Than Previously Thought

Crews have determined the Big Red Fire in north Routt County is larger than previously estimated after a helicopter flight over the fire last night found the blaze had burned 530 acres. Firefighters continue to cut fire lines and monitor the fire. Private land near Big Red Continue reading

Big Red Fire Grows, Roads Closed

The lightning started Big Red Fire burning in North Routt County, increased in size over the weekend, growing to over 50 acres. Due to the growth, fire crews have shifted from monitoring the fires location, to cutting fire lines to limit its expansion. The change in tactics was also required because the fire is now putting a Forest Service timber sale and private land south Continue reading

CPW Offering Free Camping To Volunteers

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is offering volunteers a free night of camping in exchange for their work helping to maintain trails this weekend at State Forest State Park near Walden. Interested individuals should arrive at the Park’s Moose Visitation Center tomorrow morning at Continue reading

UPDATE: Craig Woman Dies In ATV Accident

A Craig woman died over the weekend in an ATV accident near Toponas. 58-year-old Julie Nalty was driving a side-by-side ATV Sunday when she lost control, rolling it down a steep embankment. Both Nalty and her passenger, Vicky Hamblin also of Craig, were Continue reading

Crosho Lake Closed For Dam Repair

Crosho Lake and the adjacent Dispersed Campground in the Little Flat Tops Range in the Routt National Forest near Yampa, is now closed for repairs to the Crosho Lake dam. The closures are expected to last for at least eight weeks, to allow crews to repair a leaking valve and outlet Continue reading

Routt And Medicine Bow Fire Restrictions Lifted

Fire restrictions for the entirety of the Routt National Forest and a large portion of the Medicine Bow National Forest have been lifted. In the Medicine Bow National Forest, the restrictions have been lifted for the Sierra Madre and Snowy Ranges, as well as the Pole Mountain Unit, but restrictions Continue reading

Forest Road Closed In North Routt County

Forest Road 500 in North Routt County is now closed to allow culverts in the area to be replaced. Nearly five miles of the road near Little Red Park will be fully closed for two weeks while the work is taking place. Non-motorized access to the surrounding forest will still be available and recreation sites outside of the closure area will remain open. Those traveling through the National Continue reading

Submit Forest Legacy Proposals To Protect Land

Colorado land owners can now submit Forest Legacy Program proposals to the Colorado State Forest Service. The program allows the land owner to sell their private forest land to the Colorado State Forest Service or the USDA forest service through a permanent conservation easement. A permanent conservation easement is a voluntary, legally binding agreement that limits certain types of uses or prevents Continue reading

Routt National Forest Fire Restrictions Instituted

Along with the fire restrictions that have been instituted in Moffat County and for lands managed by the BLM’s White River Field Office, Stage 1 fire restrictions are now in place for the entirety of the Routt National Forest. The restrictions pertain to lands located in Garfield, Grand, Jackson, Moffat, Rio Blanco, and Routt Counties. The restrictions are Continue reading

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions Instituted

Those planning travel for the fourth of July weekend to Garfield or Mesa Counties, should be aware that Stage 1 fire restrictions are now in place. The decision to institute the fire restrictions is based on vegetation water levels. Despite good snow pack this year, recent hot and dry weather in the area has resulted in high fire danger at lower elevations in Mesa and Grand Counties. Fire restrictions have not Continue reading

New Mountain Bike Restrictions For Buffalo Pass

In order to address illegal mountain bike trails in the Buffalo Pass area near Steamboat, the U.S. Forest Service has issued a special order, prohibiting off-route bike riding in the area. The order goes into effect immediately and will cover the Soda Creek area to the north, Mt. Zirkel Wilderness to Continue reading