Steamboat Radio News by Shannon Lukens
A snowy Sunday still doesn’t mean the fire danger is gone. Routt County is still under Stage II Fire Restrictions. Steamboat Fire Chief Chuck Cerasoli says despite Sunday’s snow, everything is still dry.
Chief Cerasoli says Steamboat firefighters were able get a grassfire out quickly Thursday night on 13th Street. Road construction is going on there and the fire started from some nighttime welding being done for a new gas line, but the welders had a permit.
The Middle Fork Fire is not out in Routt National Forest, despite Sunday’s snow. But the 97 firefighters assigned to the Middle Fork are watching it closely. Here’s Public Information Officer Eric Solomon.
The Middle Fork Fire, which is just outside of Steamboat, has burned 20,433 acres and is now at 10% containment.
East Troublesome Fire from Leigh Rushton
The East Troublesome Fire in neighboring Grand County has blown up to 192,560 acres over the weekend. Heavy snow also is helping with that fire.
If you want to hang out with your friends, you have to keep it under 10 people, from no more than two families. Colorado Governor Jared Polis revised the state’s public health order and that goes for Routt County. It doesn’t matter that we are in the Safer at Home Level One status with 194 positive cases. Numbers of COVID-19 are up in the county and state which means it is ten people hanging out together again… tops.
Snowmaking has started at Steamboat Ski Resort. The 64 snow guns were fired up at 6:30 a.m. Sunday morning, with some help from high efficiency towers and fan guns. Steamboat is scheduled to open for the winter season on Saturday, Nov. 21.
Ballot Count, Routt County residents have now returned 7,747 ballots as of Friday. That’s according to the Colorado Secretary of State’s office.
In high school football, Soroco and Hayden lost their games this weekend. Moffat County won big 35-21 over Elizabeth High School on Saturday. Senior Caleb Frink had a 99-yard return for a touchdown.
From Routt County Public Health… Numbers are at their highest since the start of the pandemic. Continue to be careful and keep everyone safe. Help make COVID stop with you.