Steamboat briefs: Portions of Routt National Forest under fire restrictions |

Steamboat briefs: Portions of Routt National Forest under fire restrictions

Stage 1 fire restrictions will go into effect Saturday, July 8 on all National Forest System lands within the Routt National Forest located in Garfield and Rio Blanco counties due to a continued forecast of dry, warm weather conditions.

The following prohibitions are in effect until further notice.

  • Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire or stove fire, including portable braziers.

Exceptions include: building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire or stove fire in a U.S. Forest Service provided metal fire ring or grill in a designated site within a developed Forest Service campground, recreation area or picnic ground, or on National Forest System lands provided the fire, campfire or stove fire is fitted with a spark arrestor or screen, and that the spark arrestor or screen is used at all times; using petroleum-fueled stoves, lanterns or heating devices which meet the fire underwriter’s specifications for safety; and resident owners and lessees of land, and holders of Forest Service Special Use authorizations for recreation residences, lodges and resorts, within the restricted area, provided such fires are within a permanently constructed residence or building.

  • Smoking except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material.
  • Welding or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame.
  • Operating or using any internal or external combustion engine without a USDA or SAE approved spark arresting device properly installed, maintained and in effective working order.

Violation of these regulations is punishable as a class B misdemeanor, by a fine of not more than $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization, or imprisonment of not more than Six months, or both.

Anyone negligently or willfully starting a wildland fire could also be held responsible for the costs of that fire.

Forest staff will continue to monitor conditions to assess the need for any further options, including additional restrictions if weather remains warm and dry and lessening restrictions if a wetter weather pattern develops.

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SST to provide free shuttle service for Balloon Rodeo

Steamboat Springs Transit will provide free shuttle service between the Meadows Parking Lot and Bald Eagle Lake starting at 6 a.m. Saturday, July 8 and Sunday, July 9 for the 36th annual Hot Air Balloon Rodeo.

Due to the unique launch location, there is no public parking at the event. Parking will also be free in the Meadows Parking Lot; however, there will be a suggested donation of $5 per vehicle.

Spectators are encouraged to walk, ride their bikes or take the shuttle due to the event’s convenient location on the edge of town. Parking along U.S. Highway 40 is strictly prohibited. No dogs are allowed at event site due to balloon hazards. Bike parking will be available at the event site and smoking is also prohibited.

‘Le Ride’ documentary to screen at Chief Theater on Sunday

As part of the Steamboat Springs Bike Week celebration, the Chief Theater is showing the documentary film “Le Ride” at 7 p.m. Sunday, July 9.

The Amazing Race’s Phil Keoghan recreates the original route of the 1928 Tour de France to tell an extraordinary story of achievement against the odds. Four intrepid young men from Australia and New Zealand were the first English speaking team to compete in what is arguably the world’s toughest sporting event. The team was undertrained, under-resourced, untested and unstoppable, despite being completely written off by the French media.

All proceeds from the screening support five local nonprofits: Yampa Valley Sustainability Council, Routt County Riders, Partners, REPS and Steamboat Biketown USA. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased online at

LiftUp of Routt County to hold produce drive for food bank

LiftUp of Routt County will hold a produce drive for the LiftUp food bank from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 8 at City Market in Steamboat Springs. Shop, grab some extra produce and donate it to LiftUp.

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