News for Monday, Dec. 2, 2019

Steamboat Radio News - Shannon Lukens

A car caught fire and was a total loss early Sunday morning, in the Blue Sage area of Steamboat Springs. No one was hurt. Steamboat Police say the owner of the car also lost all of their ski gear, which was in the car during the fire.

The avalanche danger for Steamboat and the Flat Tops is set for moderate right now. Colorado Avalanche Information Center says wind-drifted slopes at higher elevations facing north and easterly are the most dangerous, especially above the treeline. Be careful if you’re going in the backcountry.

Winter closures of some of the more popular trails around Steamboat Springs are in effect, through April 15. It’s to protect about 12,000 acres of U.S. Forest Service land to try to preserve big game and the health of the herds. The mandatory closures are above the hiking gate on Spring Creek Trail, also Mad Creek, Red Dirt, and Hot Springs trails. If you violate the closure, you could be fined up to $500 or up to six months in jail. A map of those closures is on the SteamboatRadio.com website.

 List of winter closures Courtesy Steamboat Pilot & Today

Mandatory

  • Spring Creek Trail 1160
  • Spring Creek Alternate Trail 1160.1A
  • Mad Creek Trail 1100
  • Red Dirt Trail 1171
  • Hot Springs Trail 1169
  • Foothills south of Steamboat Resort to U.S. Highway 40

Voluntary

  • Greenville Mine area (U.S. Forest Service roads 440 & 471)
  • Coulton Creek area (Trail 1188 & Forest Service Road 429)
  • Lower Bear Trail 1206
  • Sarvis Creek Trail 1105
  • Silver Creek Trail 1106
  • Areas adjacent to the Radium and Indian Run State Wildlife areas (Forest Service roads 212 and 214)
  • Area north of Toponas off Forest Service Road 285

You can apply now for a permit on the Yampa River. It’s a part of the Yampa that is about two hours away. Last year, more than 10,000 people applied for 300 private permits that were available. The high-use river permit runs on a lottery system which runs now through Jan. 31. Recipients are chosen at random and announced on Valentine’s day. To apply, set up an account at https://www.recreation.gov/

Registration opens tomorrow morning for the popular Steamboat Gravel race next summer. Last year, race organizer Amy Charity said only about 100 people from Steamboat were in the race, out of 1500.

The gravel race is Aug. 16, with four distances including a new 64-mile race added this year. Registration opens at 7 a.m. Tuesday morning, at SBTGRVL.com

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