Unless something drastic happens, Routt County Emergency Management Director Bob Struble expects a July 4 holiday season free of fire restrictions.
A small grass fire near a Steamboat Springs propane company Friday served as a reminder of how conditions are beginning to dry out in the area.
The Environmental Protection Agency proposed a plan that would mandate coal-fired power plants cut their carbon emissions by 30 percent by 2030. Then the agency set up a 120-day comment period and hearings across the country — one in Denver will be on the week of July 28. But, many want to change the locations to be in areas where coal energy is produced.
The Environmental Protection Agency proposed a plan Monday that would mean coal-fired power plants would need to reduce carbon emissions by 30 percent by 2030. The EPA was mandated by the White House to develop a proposed strategy by June to cut carbon emissions in the U.S. Carbon emissions are cited as a cause of global warming.
"Snowpack above the Elk River remains high, and with the warm temperatures expected to continue, flooding concerns will remain elevated.” — Flood warning from the National Weather Service
The closures come as the National Weather Service in Grand Junction is forecasting that the Elk River at Routt County Road 42 will reach minor flood stage Wednesday night through Thursday morning.
The Colorado Basin River Forecast Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, updated its projected streamflows for the Elk River Tuesday morning and reported that the Elk shot beyond bank-full over the holiday weekend and could nudge flood stage overnight Wednesday.
Tires in the Oak Creek canyon were supposed to be disposed of last fall, but once Routt County was alerted to the situation, it discovered that new regulations prevented the operation from going forward as planned.
Routt National Forest fire crews are planning to conduct a prescribed burn this week southwest of the Seedhouse Campground in northern Routt County.
Officials say the near-term forecast for the Steamboat Springs area is free of water and fire restrictions, and most of Routt County is not experiencing any drought conditions, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. In Moffat County, a majority of the county is experiencing just abnormally dry conditions.
Sudden changes in wind helped blow both fires out of control.
Routt County Emergency Manager Bob Struble recalled Thursday that in spring 2012, after a winter of drought and unusually early snowmelt, a county-wide fire burn was imposed as several agricultural burns got out of control and spread.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released a drought summary Friday showing that the mountain ranges that wrap around Steamboat Springs and Craig are among a few pockets in the West enjoying above-average moisture.
A landowner on Lynx Pass and the U.S. Forest Service are working together to clear a stretch of road that might prove vital in case of fire.
Is spring runoff in 2014 destined to be like the epic year of 2011? It’s unlikely, according to a hydrologist who keeps close tabs on the Yampa River Basin.