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Briefs for Sept. 2

Firefighters respond to fire near Steamboat Lake

Smoke jumpers and area firefighters responded to a small fire in Routt National Forest west of Steamboat Lake on Wednesday afternoon.

The fire was reported at about 2 p.m. It consumed about three acres by the time firefighters put it out at about 5:30 p.m., said Lt. Richard Wood of the Routt County Sheriff’s Office.

In addition to a five-person squad and fire engine from the U.S. Forest Service, eight smoke jumpers from Grand Junction and firefighters with the North Routt Fire Protection District responded to the fire, said Cliff Hutton, assistant fire management officer at Craig Interagency Dispatch.

The fire did not threaten any homes or buildings, Wood said. He did not know the cause of the fire.

Crews remained at the scene until about 10:30 p.m. One firefighter was taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center suffering from smoke inhalation.

CARHOF donates $300K to state housing organizations

The Colorado Association of Realtors Housing Opportunity Foundation donated $300,000 this year to housing organizations across Colorado. Grants ranging from $500 to $10,000 were distributed to 65 agencies, and the funding will support construction of affordable housing, down payment assistance programs and more.

“Thousands of needy Colorado residents will experience an improved lifestyle as a result of these grants,” said Vicki Burns, CARHOF president. “This is CARHOF’s 12th year of providing financial resources to housing agencies, and I’m pleased the Foundation has exceeded a total of $4 million in donations in 2004.”

Locally, the Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors® donated $3,000 to Horizons Specialized Services, Advocates Against Battering and Abuse, and Routt County Habitat for Humanity.

“Our board is pleased to donate to our community, and we encourage development of crisis shelters and home ownership opportunities for individuals and families with moderate and low income,” said Colorado Group Realty local chairwoman Jill Limberg.

Only housing organizations are eligible for funding, and they must be based in Colorado with a 501(c)3 status or be a public agency.

Individuals should contact their local housing agencies for information about available assistance programs or local real estate agents about the Colorado Cares program.

For more information about CARHOF visit

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