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Small wildfire outside Steamboat Sunday threatens structures

Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue was called to help put out a small wildfire threatening structures on Routt County Road 179 Sunday afternoon.

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Wildfire threatened home near Stagecoach

A contractor working in the area of Routt County Road 16 called the Oak Creek Fire Protection District at about 1:30 p.m. to report seeing smoke.

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ReTree event has deep roots in Steamboat Springs community

More than 90 volunteers turned out to the Chuck Lewis State Wildlife Area on Saturday to spend their morning planting almost 400 trees — 280 willows and 110 alders, both native, riparian species — along the rehabilitated banks of the Yampa River as part of the seventh annual ReTree event.

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Routt National Forest plans prescribed burn on Elk River corridor

After a long summer of battling wildfire from the Wyoming border south to Lynx Pass, the U.S. Forest Servce is tentatively planning this month to fight fire with fire in a heavily visited area of the forest along the upper Elk River.

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Rain, snow help calm fires

Moisture over the weekend has helped calm the Silver Creek Fire burning in the Sarvis Creek Wilderness area east of Stagecoach.

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Talking Green: U.N. renewable energy advisor to speak Sept. 27

Fresh off a trip to Bonn, Germany, earlier this month to advise the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Paul Komor, who holds a Ph.D. in in engineering, will be the speaker for the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council’s Talking Green on Sept. 27.

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Fire activity increases in Routt County

On Tuesday morning, smoke had settled in the Yampa Valley after the previous day's increased fire activity.

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Snowmaking hydrants could be used to fight a larger wildfire on ski slopes in the future

Steamboat Ski area personnel and firefighting agencies have been meeting for years to ensure they have the necessary adapters to couple firefighting hoses to snowmaking hydrants so they can deliver water to suppress a larger wildfire.

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Extreme behavior

Firefighters in the region are reporting unprecedented fire activity at regional fires this summer. With stands of beetle-killed lodgepole pine trees littering the forest, officials believe the fire activity will only continue in future years, putting homes and property at risk.

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Lost Solar Fire said to be ‘more a marathon than a sprint’

Burning for the last month after a lightning strike, the Lost Solar Fire in the western Flat Tops Wilderness has grown to about 4,500 acres. But U.S. Forest Service personnel say they could hardly have prescribed a better fire.

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Key parcel on the Yampa River above Stagecoach conserved

Conserving the landscape of Routt County

Routt County is poised to conserve almost 1,700 additional ranch acreage in South Routt including a key parcel on the Yampa River.

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Area wildfires see significant growth over the weekend

The growth of the fires is also poised to result in the closures of some more trails and recreation areas in the National Forest around Steamboat Springs.

Conservation agencies close to acquiring key ranch parcels

When the conservation easement Glas Deffryn ranch closes, the latest transaction by YVLT it complete an unbroken 5-mile stretch of the Yampa River corridor upstream from Stagecoach Reservoir.

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Lost Solar Fire source of smoke in Yampa Valley

Strong southwest winds ushered in smoke to the Yampa Valley from a wildfire burning in the Blanco Ranger District in a remote area of the Flat Tops Wilderness

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Staffing reduced at Silver Creek Fire

Staffing at the Silver Creek Fire burning southeast of Stagecoach Reservoir has been reduced because of minimal fire behavior.

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