Fires flair up with help of strong winds and dry conditions

The Silver Creek Fire can be seen flaring up over Lake Agnes, along Highway 40 between Steamboat Springs and Meeker, Colorado Thursday afternoon. Photo by Travis Chamberlain, USFS Engine Boss and used with permission.

Big stretches of Carbon County turned smoky Thursday afternoon as strong winds carried smoke from fires burning in Utah and northern Colorado across the border into Wyoming. The winds, along with unseasonably warm temperatures, reignited the Silver Creek Fire burning 16 miles north of Kremmling. As of noon yesterday, the lightning-caused fire had grown to 6,800 acres. Much of the new growth was on the north end of the fire just across the Wyoming border.

More than 100 personnel are now assigned to the fire, including wildland firefighters from the Brush Creek/Hayden Ranger District in Saratoga.

Meanwhile in Utah, the Pole Creek and Bald Mountain fires merged into one big 20,000-acre blaze. Winds of up to 40 miles per hour hampered ground and air crews, and pushed smoke into our region. Fire officials in Colorado and Utah said the fires are expected to burn into the weekend because of continued dry and windy conditions.

 

Sinclair helps Boys and Girls Club reach fundraising goal

Photo: Cali O’Hare/Bigfoot 99.

Thanks to the generosity of Carbon County residents and matched by the Sinclair Wyoming Refining Company, the Boys and Girls Club of Carbon County raised a total of $30,000 this summer. At Wednesday’s board meeting, representatives from the nonprofit were happy and relieved as they accepted the check. Cali O’Hare has been following the 2018 Community Challenge issued by the oil refinery and filed this report.

 

 

Saratoga landfill earns accolades

Even though glass and plastics are still buried at the Saratoga landfill, the Upper Platte Valley Solid Waste Disposal District has received an award for its other recycling efforts. Emma Diercks reports.

 

 

Photo courtesy WHP.

WHP officers meet in Rawlins for K9 training

A large number of Wyoming Highway Patrol officers and their drug-sniffing K9 partners from across the state converged in Rawlins for a joint narcotics training. Cali O’Hare has the details.

 

 

Sports: An in-depth look at what’s slated for the weekend

Joey Saverine takes a look at a strong schedule of games for the Carbon County high schools.

  • Wyoming Football: The Pokes are set to host a challenging FCS opponent Saturday.
  • The Cowgirl Soccer team will wrap up their non-conference schedule on the road today as they kick against Southern Utah.
  • Denver Football: The Broncos are set to open up Divisional play against their biggest Rival.
Scores
#2 Rawlins 3
 Burns 0
 (25-11, 25-14, 25-10)

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