Tag Archives: lightning

Silver Creek Fire Triples In Size

FireA meeting will take place Wednesday evening to allow the Silver Creek Fire Management Team to provide information on the fire. The meeting will be held at the Stagecoach fire station beginning at 6:30. The Silver Creek Fire, burning four miles south of Stage Coach Reservoir, in the Sarvis Creek Wilderness area in the Routt National Forest increased to 25 acres yesterday. Crews are giving special attention to structures Continue reading

Balloon Fest And Car Show Draws A Crowd

M.C.-Balloon-Festival-150Although the weather was less than ideal the Moffat County Hot Air Balloon Festival and Colorado Cruisers Car Show, attracted large crowds over the weekend.  Hot air balloons took to the air on Friday and Sunday mornings but unfortunately were grounded Saturday morning due to dark clouds that threatened the event.   Overcast skies cooled the day and made for a nice day at the midday car show.   A late afternoon thunderstorm which brought wind, Continue reading

Lightning Fire In Dinosaur National Park

Dinosaur National Monument QuarryCrews are working to combat a fire that began Friday in Dinosaur National Monument north of Yampa Bench Road. The fire started from a lightning strike. Aircraft are working in conjunction with ground crews to suppress the fire through the air. Conditions are expected to be hot Continue reading

Planned Power Outage Tonight In Hayden

yampa-valley-electric-assocThere is a planned power outage for the Hayden area Thursday night to allow Yampa Valley Electric to fix a problem at the Hayden Substation which was struck by lightning earlier this week. The outage will occur from 9 to midnight. The lightning strike caused an initial outage, but crews were able to make temporary repairs to the substation. As the  substation remains susceptible to Continue reading

Fire Near Highway 40

craig-fire-rescue-300A lightning strike caused a small fire yesterday near Highway 40 east of Craig near the Routt County line. A representative form the Craig Fire Department said that a small tree was struck, causing the undergrowth and a few downed trees to Continue reading

Blair Mountain Fire West Of Meeker

WILD FIREFirefighters are managing the 5-acre, lightning-ignited Blair Mountain Fire 20 miles west of Meeker to reduce hazardous fuels and to benefit ecosystem health. About 25 firefighters are working to secure the west flank of the fire while allowing it to continue burning to the east, where it will help open the dense stands of pinyon and juniper. This will increase forest diversity and benefit Continue reading

Don’t Get Struck By Lightning

lightning-300This week has been declared lightning safety awareness week by the National Weather Service. Lightning strikes in the United States kill about 50 people each year. From 2005 to 2014 Colorado had the third most deaths resulting from lightning strikes with 17 fatalities, and an additional 15 people were injured. Thunderstorms can Continue reading

Power Outage North of Craig

power-outage-300A small power outage has taken out about 31 customers north of Craig.  According to Yampa Valley Electric Association, the outage is due to lightning.  A bolt apparently hit a pole, breaking it, and taking out electricity to customers along Highway 13 north of Craig.  Crews are working on fixing the pole now, and power should be restored shortly.

Bitter Creek Fire Burns 700 Acres in Moffat County

craig-fire-rescue-300Firefighters from Craig and the BLM responded to a wildland fire Saturday southwest of Maybell. The Bitter Creek Fire consumed about 700 acres of private and BLM land before it was contained Saturday afternoon. The blaze was located near the Bitter Brush State Wildlife Area. Firefighters say it was sparked by lightning. No structures Continue reading

Two Wildland Fires Remain Uncontained In NW Colorado

fire season smallThis past weekend’s lightning resulted in 34 wildfires in Northwest Colorado. Only two of those blazes are uncontained. Fire crews are still working towards wrapping them up. Of the five fires reported yesterday Continue reading

Northwest Colorado Wildland Fires Mostly Contained

BEHRMAN-FIRE2-300Of the 20 wildland fires reported yesterday, three remain uncontained. The largest is the 87 acre Long Fire about 25 miles northwest of Meeker. It started on State land burned onto Bureau of Land Management land. Crews and equipment from the BLM, Rifle, Canyon City and the Continue reading

Lightning Strikes Cause Several Wildfires

WILDFIREA few wildland fires were started on Bureau of Land Management land yesterday, all caused by lightning. The Juniper Fire, 23 miles west of Craig off Moffat County Road 53, was contained last night at three acres. An air tanker dropped one load of retardant to slow the fire’s advance toward private land. There were four wildland Continue reading