News for Friday, Oct. 9, 2020

Steamboat Radio News by Shannon Lukens

Middle Fork Fire courtesy Spencer Tamblyn.

An Air Quality Health Advisory for Wildfire Smoke is in effect for Routt and Jackson Counties. An air quality monitor for PurpleAir.com is on the Routt County Courthouse. It reached 566 Thursday. That means health warnings for everyone to stay out of the smoke if you can.

The heavy smoke will continue until at least Sunday, when cold weather and some precipitation is expected. Jeremiah Zamora, the agency administrator for the U.S. Forest Service is assigned to the Middle Fork Fire. He says the fire is especially bad right now because of the impending cold front.

At last count, the Middle Fork Fire has burned over 11,000 acres. Moderate fire behavior will continue today with uphill runs and if it reaches the ridges, we’ll be able to see those flames in Steamboat.

Middle Fork Fire courtsey Lindsey Fisher.

There are no evacuations, but if there are, the best way to be notified is through RouttCountyAlerts.com. Since the fire started from lightning on Sept. 6, 293 more people have signed up. However, only 16% of Routt County residents have signed up for RouttCountyAlerts.com

If you’re headed down to the Front Range, be aware of the Deep Creek Fire. It’s about 15 miles south of Kremmling. It started Wednesday and was human-caused.

Political signs are being stolen from yards in Steamboat. Robin Schepper lives on Steamboat Blvd.

Karen Massey found a bunch of signs with her Girl Scout troop, at the Steamboat Christian Center, just east of town.

Steamboat Police says they received two reports of stolen signs last week. One was a Trump sign and the other was a Biden sign.

Routt County Public Health will be doing COVID testing at the Routt County Fairgrounds in Hayden today. Testing is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 970-870-5577 to make an appointment. Then stay in the car when you get there and the nurse will come to you.

Household Hazardous Waste can be taken to the Meadows Parking Lot tomorrow, for disposal. The drive-through drop-off is from 8 a.m. to noon.

High School football kicks off in Northwest Colorado tonight. The Soroco Rams have a home game against Sanford. Here’s Senior Tyler Wixom.

Kickoff is at 6 p.m. tonight, in Oak Creek.

The Hayden Tigers are down south in Mancos, playing at 7 p.m.

Moffat County is kicking off the season with their rivals, which is the Meeker Cowboys. That game starts at 7:30 in Meeker, and you can listen to it on KRAI.

From Routt County Public Health… Remember to stay home if you’re sick; help make COVID stop with you.

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