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High water causes more trail closures in Steamboat Springs

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.

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Elk River is bank-full west of Steamboat Springs and may be headed for flood stage

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.

Routt County pursues grant funds to clear South Routt tire piles

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.

Prescribed burns set for North Routt this week

Routt National Forest fire crews are planning to conduct a prescribed burn this week southwest of the Seedhouse Campground in northern Routt County.

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No fire, water restrictions in short-term forecast

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.

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Steamboat firefighters put out 2 small wildfires in Strawberry Park

Sudden changes in wind helped blow both fires out of control.

Burning ditches and slash piles a rite of spring in the Yampa Valley

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.

Yampa Valley among the fortunate few with above average moisture

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.

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Property owners, firefighters take steps to battle blazes before they start

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.

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Spring runoff in Steamboat unlikely to match 2011 for sheer volume

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.

City of Steamboat offers tips to prepare for spring runoff

In a news release, city officials say the current forecast from the National Resource Conservation Service forecast in Colorado calls for above average river flows from April Through July.

Another Elk River Valley ranch up for conservation

The rolling hills of Six Plus Ranch are punctuated with pockets of aspen, pine and mountain shrubs and include two active breeding leks used by Columbian sharp-tailed grouse.

New ranger oversees forest district

Chad Stewart replaces former Hahn's Peak/Bears Ears District Ranger Jamie Kingsbury who now is the deputy supervisor of the Coronado National Forest based in Tucson, Ariz.

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Yampatika honored by Colorado Department of Parks and Wildlife

Yampatika was named Partner of the Year for the Northwest Colorado region during the Colorado Department of Parks and Wildlife Partnership Conference on Feb. 21 in Colorado Springs.

Body of missing skier found after backcountry slide near Keystone Resort

At 11:30 a.m. Tuesday Feb. 11, the body of a missing skier was located approximately 24 hours after an avalanche in the backcountry area south of Keystone Ski Resort.