News for Monday, Sept. 14, 2020

Steamboat Radio News by Shannon Lukens

The Middle Fork Fire continues to burn in Routt National Forest, in an area with heavy timber and dead trees. The total number of acreage burned is now reported at just over 45-hundred acres (4,540).  95 personnel are on scene to fight the fire, which was caused by lightning on Sunday, Sept. 6, so it’s been burning for over a week now. It’s 10 miles north of Steamboat Springs. The south end of the Mount Zirkel Wilderness is closed. Fire mitigation is being done around the Rainbow Lake Campground. There is also some concern about structures over the county line into Jackson County.

In comparison, the Cameron Peak fire which is east of Routt and Jackson Counties has 990 personnel working it, and it’s burned 102,596. The Cameron Peak fire is only 4 percent contained.

Work starts this morning on the Soda Creek Pedestrian Bridge. It’s the bridge on the Core Trail between Little Toots Park and Bud Werner Library. The deck of the bridge needs some repair. Sloop Painting will be doing the decking and painting project. It should take about four weeks. The bridge will be closed and the detour will be along Lincoln Ave.

Colorado deer hunters will soon be getting a letter from Colorado Parks and Wildlife about mandatory testing of animals for Chronic Wasting Disease. The disease affects Colorado’s deer, elk, and moose. It lasts two to three years and it is always fatal to the animal. It’s recommended that hunters not eat the meat of an animal that has been infected.

Link for more information on CWD:

Impact 100 is kicking off its 15th season of giving in the Yampa Valley. Impact 100 is a charitable program where 100 people each give a $100 tax-deductible donation. That pool of $10,000 is then given back to the community, to different nonprofits in the Yampa Valley. Usually the group gets together, but this year it will be done virtually, starting Thursday, Sept. 24. More information on how to get involved is on the Yampa Valley Community Foundation website.

Visit or contact Traci Hiatt at or 970-879-8632 for more information. 

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