Tag Archives: High winds

Cutting Torches Cause Grass Fire

A grass fire near the Empire Mine yesterday afternoon was caused by part of the decommissioning process of the mine. Crews are currently using cutting torches to break up the metal infrastructure of the mine. High winds yesterday lead to sparks from the torches igniting a small grass Continue reading

UPDATE: Fire Closes Highway 13

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A fire yesterday afternoon forced the closure of Highway 13 north of Craig for a period of time. The fire started in a trash pile then spread to the surrounding area creating dense smoke, resulting in visibility issues on the highway. The exact cause of the fire is unknown. Craig fire fighters Continue reading

Air Quality Gets Worse Around Beaver Creek Fire

FireThe Beaver Creek Fire has continued to expand this week due to higher winds, temperatures and low humidity and is now on 34,000 acres and is still only 12% contained. With the increased activity air quality in the area has continued to get worse. Estimates over the weekend had air quality in the region at good to moderate, but according to a representative from the Continue reading

Beaver Creek Fire Expected To Expand This Week

FireBeaver Creek Fire Crews experienced some relief in the past week with wetter and cooler weather conditions, which helped to limit the fires growth. However, warmer temperatures, higher winds and low humidity returned to the area yesterday, causing increased activity. These conditions are projected for most of the week which will Continue reading

Wind Topples Trees onto Power Lines

WINDHigh winds caused problems for Yampa Valley Electric crews last night.  Crews responded to two incidents of trees falling onto power lines.  The first happened just a little before 9 in the alley between Stout and Steele Streets in Craig.  A pole and Continue reading