Craig Briefs: Friends of Hayden Library to update bulletin boards |

Craig Briefs: Friends of Hayden Library to update bulletin boards

Friends of Hayden Library to update bulletin boards

The Friends of the Hayden Library will be updating one of the bulletin boards in downtown Hayden across from the Kum & Go to inform the community of events and other newsworthy items. The Hayden Public Library will have a drop-off box for notices such as items for sale, volunteer opportunities, local programs, calendar of events, etc.

No business for profit will be permitted to post information. The deadline for the week will be every Saturday at 4 p.m. starting with today. Please feel free to contact the Hayden Library with any comments, questions and ideas 970-276-3777.

VNA: Avoid Hantavirus, transmitted via rodents

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association advises precautions when cleaning areas inhabited by rodents. Hantavirus is a serious, potentially fatal respiratory illness carried primarily by deer mice. People can be infected by breathing in dirt and dust contaminated with deer mouse urine and feces. Most cases occur in the spring and summer. The illness can begin one to six weeks after exposure. Early symptoms are fatigue, fever and muscle aches and may also include headaches, dizziness, chills and abdominal problems. If a person experiences these symptoms and has potentially been exposed to rodents, they should seek medical attention immediately. Hantavirus can be prevented by cleaning up possible rodent food sources and nesting sites throughout the home, work area or campsite. For information about safely cleaning rodent areas, go to

Browns Park to burn wetlands for wildlife

Refuge staff plan to take advantage of the spring weather to burn the wetland in the Butch Unit. The objectives of these burns are to reduce excessive fuel loads and to improve the wildlife habitat conditions in those areas. The burn at Butch is being done to reduce the amount of area that cattails and bulrush cover the wetlands and for waterfowl habitat improvement. Smoke from the burns may be visible from Colorado Highway 318, Moffat County Road 10 and 10N from now until late May on the days of the burns and a few days after the burn.

Weather conditions will be closely monitored, and the burn will only be initiated if conditions are favorable for firefighters to contain the burn within the project boundary. Each prescribed burn conducted by the Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge has a detailed fire plan developed in advance, along with appropriate smoke permits obtained from the state of Colorado. Prescribed fires are one of many tools public land managers use to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires while improving wildlife habitat and overall forest and range health. For more information, contact Stephen Barclay, refuge manager, at 970-365-3613 extension 102.

Firefighters plan spring burns in three counties

Federal fire officials from the Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Unit are now planning multiple springtime prescribed burns in Mesa, Garfield and Eagle counties, according to a news release.

Prescribed burns reduce fuel loads that have accumulated in areas vulnerable to wildfire. Fire is a natural process; reintroduction of fire to the ecosystems is beneficial to these areas and the wildlife that live there.

Several burns are planned to reduce natural fuels and improve wildlife habitat.

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