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.
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.
Moisture over the weekend has helped calm the Silver Creek Fire burning in the Sarvis Creek Wilderness area east of Stagecoach.
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.
On Tuesday morning, smoke had settled in the Yampa Valley after the previous day's increased fire activity.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Staffing at the Silver Creek Fire burning southeast of Stagecoach Reservoir has been reduced because of minimal fire behavior.
Fire officials do not anticipate the Silver Creek fire to grow nearly as large as the Beaver Creek fire burning on the other side of the Continental Divide.
A wildfire reported Saturday has prompted a small closure in the Sarvis Creek Wilderness.