Steamboat Radio News by Shannon Lukens
Wind, Rain, Snow, Smoke, and more wind pounded Steamboat Springs Tuesday. The winds were howling throughout the valley. The higher you went from downtown, the bigger the wind gusts. Unconfirmed reports have them at over 100 miles per hour up at Steamboat Resort. Trees were snapping and are down all over town.
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The sound of chainsaws could be heard throughout neighborhoods into the evening. City crews were out early to help clear downed trees from the roadways. Here’s Public Works Director Jon Snyder.
Homeowners are responsible for trees that are on private property. Snyder says cleanup of the trees will take quite a while.
Power also went out from Routt to Moffat County. The biggest traffic signal in Steamboat, at 3rd and Lincoln went out and police officers had to direct traffic while battling the wind and the cold.
Power lines went down on parts of Walton Creek Road. Many also many lost internet service. Rabbit Ears Pass closed for a while because of icy conditions, blowing snow, and multiple crashes.
On a positive note, Steamboat Ski Area is proud to report the first snow of the season up on the slopes. Steamboat’s Opening Day is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 21.
The Middle Fork Fire is now a Type 3 Fire. It’s still burning but the rain and snow on Tuesday helped. The fire is up in the Mount Zirkel Wilderness in Routt National Forest. Aaron Voos with the forest service says the area of the fire will be closed today so that hunters, outfitters, campers, and hikers don’t venture up there.
Because of the weather, the helicopters couldn’t fly to help put the fire out or do any mapping so there isn’t an update on how much the fire has spread. One good thing is that the wet and cool forecast has been extended to Friday.
About an inch of snow fell on the Cameron Peak Fire east of Steamboat. The fire has moved into Rocky Mountain National Park. Trail Ridge Road is still closed. Fire officials think the Cameron Peak fire will keep burning through October.