Holiday week expected to be sunny, dry in Steamboat Springs |

Holiday week expected to be sunny, dry in Steamboat Springs

Bryan Vandenburg places a flag on the Yampa Valley Electric Association float while preparing for the Fourth of July parade in Steamboat Springs in 2013.
John F. Russell

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS– Forecasters are predicting calm weather and highs in the mid-80s until the Fourth of July for Steamboat Springs.

On Independence Day, the weather is expected to be mostly sunny with a high of 85 and a low of 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Scott Stearns, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Grand Junction, said some clouds could appear, but there is no rain in the forecast.

Daytime temperatures are expected to rise into the low 90s with sunny skies on Thursday and Friday.

The dry week would continue a trend of dry weather in the area.

In the month of June, Steamboat received 0.24 inches of rain, a fraction of the 1.77-inch average. Stearns said conditions could be right for a red flag warning Tuesday. A red flag warning designates “critical fire weather conditions” are possible.

Routt County and Steamboat Springs remain under Stage 1 fire restrictions, which prohibit fireworks with a fuse.

During the weekend, crews contained two wildfires west of Steamboat. The Hayden Gulch fire burned about 15 acres before being contained Saturday night. Firefighters anticipated having a fire northwest of Craig fully contained Sunday night and will continue working to extinguish the fire. The fire burned more than 5,000 acres and destroyed one home.

Though haze from nearby wildfires has decreased during the weekend, smoke from the Dollar Ridge fire that recently ignited in eastern Utah could impact visibility in Steamboat this week.

“They could get a better handle on the fire before the winds do turn in your direction, but I would not be all that surprised if you start seeing some smoke from that fire in the next couple days,” Stearns said.

To reach Eleanor Hasenbeck, call 970-871-4210, email or follow her on Twitter, @elHasenbeck.

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