Officials said the show will go on unless a wildfire pulls firefighters from the city or adverse fire weather is forecast for the holiday.
No measurable precipitation was recorded in Steamboat in June 1893, and the same was true in October 1933, according to records kept by the Western Regional Climate Center in Reno, Nev.
As the fire restrictions are considered, the fate of Steamboat's annual July Fourth fireworks show also hangs in the balance.
Two fires in Garfield County are sending smoke into the area, but there are no active fires in Routt County.
Four local firefighters returned to Routt County this week after a five-day deployment to what developed into the most destructive wildfire in Colorado’s history.
Although the 7-acre fire was relatively small, there was a lot of fuel for the fire to burn, and putting it out meant manual labor and handwork for firefighters.
Crews are battling the Disappointment Fire near Elk Springs.
The two wildfires at Dinosaur National Monument have merged into one 380-acre fire, and fire managers are working to suppress the blaze.
When he first reported the fire around 12:30 p.m., West Routt Fire Chief Bryan Rickman estimated it had burned about half an acre and had a moderate potential of spreading.
The West Routt Fire Protection District wants voters to reconsider chipping in more money each year to help fund emergency services, and the issue appears destined to be placed on November’s ballot.
Three fires continued to burn in western Moffat County Friday, but no structures or people are expected to be threatened after a busy 24 hours of battling fires in Northwest Colorado that began Thursday afternoon. The Wild fire and Hacking fire ignited Thursday on Wild Mountain in the western part of the Dinosaur National Monument and have burned an estimated 362 and 10 acres, respectively, as of late Friday, according to a news release from monument officials.
As the temperature again flirted with 90 degrees Wednesday and the wind persisted, the fire danger in Routt County was raised from low to high.
Heading into Memorial Day weekend, there are no fire restriction in place in the region, meaning ranchers can continue agricultural burns and campers can enjoy campfires.
Routt County Environmental Health Director Mike Zopf said he would make a 2013 budget request that the county seek a cost-share with the city of Steamboat Springs for an ozone monitoring program. The program is estimated to cost $175,000 for three years.
Routt County Commissioners approve new oil well permit despite concerns that grouse are reaching tipping point
“I think it’s really bad business that it needs to be done at the cost of driving sage grouse into extinction,” commissioner Tim Corrigan said just before approving Entek’s special-use permit to drill a new well in North Routt County.