Briefs for Aug. 1
Fire restrictions lifted for Mount Zirkel, Flat Tops
Fire restrictions were lifted recently for the Mount Zirkel and Flat Tops Wilderness areas only. The restrictions were lifted because the areas have received enough moisture to reduce the fire danger. Restrictions remain in effect on the rest of the Routt National Forest. Fireworks are never allowed on national forests.
Also, Routt County commissioners lifted the fire ban on private land in Routt County. A fire ban on state land in the county remains in effect.
Campfires are permitted in Forest Service-developed campgrounds and picnic grounds and only in Forest Service provided fire grates and grills, or with fully enclosed stoves, ovens or grills. Petroleum fueled stoves, lanterns or heating devices are allowed on all National Forest Service lands, provided such devices meet the fire underwriter’s specifications for safety.
Violating fire restrictions on federal lands could result in a fine of $5,000 and six months in jail. Anyone negligently or willfully starting a wildland fire could be held responsible for the costs of that fire.
Master gardeners on hand to answer questions
Local master gardeners are on hand at the Routt County Cooperative Extension Office from 9 a.m. to noon Thursdays to answer gardening questions. Anyone is encouraged to stop by the office or call 879-0825 to speak with a master gardener or request a site visit.
Cookbook celebrates towns’ 100th birthdays
The Soroco Parent Teacher Organization is publishing a South Routt Centennial Cookbook in celebration of Yampa and Oak Creek’s 100th birthdays. Anyone interested in submitting a recipe is encouraged to contact a cookbook committee member or drop off the recipe in collection boxes in the South Routt School District administration building, the Yampa and Oak Creek libraries or the Yampa, Phippsburg or Oak Creek post offices.
The cookbook committee members are: Kelly Gates, 638-4475; Wendy Palyo, 736-1013; Dina Murray, 638-4208; Cindy Ashley, 638-0406; Ray Olinger, 638-4457; Wendy Villa, 736-8435; Tami Thurston, 736-8514.
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