It is the first time since the week of May 22 that the county has been at the lower “severe” drought level.
With 3.23 inches of rain this month, Steamboat Springs has seen the fifth-wettest July on record dating back to the early 20th century.
Stage 1 restrictions begin Wednesday
Effective Wednesday, the Stage 1 restrictions will allow charcoal grills and campfires within approved fire grates on state land and land in unincorporated parts of Routt County.
Flows are improving in the Yampa River in Steamboat Springs, but they are on the decline at Deer Lodge Park in far western Moffat County. Agricultural and municipal users are consuming a portion of the flow.
Fire restrictions are being downgraded to Stage 1 because of recent precipitation that has increased fuel moisture to acceptable levels. The change will allow campfires within fire grates at developed campgrounds and picnic areas.
Whether you were brought up in an arid or water-rich area, being a good steward of our natural resources is just plain good sense. After all, wasting water is not only irresponsible, it costs money.
Thunderstorms drenched South Routt and Steamboat late Tuesday night, providing much-needed moisture to high-country vegetation.
Despite an ironically timed thunderstorm, various state officials toured the Yampa Valley on Tuesday, hoping to see firsthand the effect of this summer’s drought.
Stage 2 restrictions remain in place, however, until counties and cities officially enact the less-strict Stage 1 restrictions.
The northern end of the Park Range was among the winners Monday, with 0.3 inches of rain at the Zirkel weather station. But scattered is the appropriate word for describing the uneven rainfall across the valley.
Craig Fire/Rescue, the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office and Bureau of Land Management firefighters responded at 7:30 p.m. Friday to a wildfire burning 10 miles south of Craig.
The impact of the drought on local businesses and tourism will be the focus of next week's visit from officials within Gov. John Hickenlooper's administration.
With mandatory water restrictions in place in Steamboat Springs, it’s time to provoke thought on ways we can change old habits that may not make a lot of sense to begin with.
Fire management officials from across northern Colorado will wait until early next week to make a decision about whether to leave Stage 2 fire restrictions in place in a five-county area that includes Routt and Moffat counties.
Tom Gray wasn't cited for burning trash outside his home July 5, which violated the fire restrictions he voted to put in place just a week before.