West Routt firefighters knock out small grass fire in Hayden
A grass fire burned about a quarter of an acre outside Hayden on Tuesday.
About 10 a.m., West Routt Fire Protection District firefighters were called to a field on the north side of Clover Circle in the Golden Meadows neighborhood.
The fire, which burned in a field of grass and sagebrush, was controlled and contained by 10:30 a.m., according to scanner traffic at the time of the incident.
“We would like to remind everyone that things are dry and to please be extra careful,” West Routt Fire Chief Dal Leck wrote in an email to the Steamboat Pilot & Today.
Officials believe an electrical transformer caused the fire, Leck said. Fuses were blown on power poles, and some residents faced a power outage, according to scanner traffic.
“West Routt Fire Rescue would like to thank the Hayden Police and the residents on scene for their help,” Leck wrote.
Spring Creek Dam restoration project prompts closures
The city of Steamboat Springs has contracted with W.W. Wheeler and Associates, Inc. to design modifications to the Upper Spring Creek Dam and Anson Excavating has been hired to execute the work.
The Colorado Division of Water Resources Dam Safety Branch previously identified concerns with the Spring Creek Dam, and the planned improvements will rectify those safety issues by constructing a new 30-foot wide dam spillway, installing additional fill material on the dam slopes and improving the dam drainage system.
The existing bridge and trail across the spillway will be removed and will not be replaced. New interpretive signage, benches and a proposed looped trail system are planned at the upper pond following the construction project.
This week, Spring Creek will be diverted to flow through the bypass channel around both ponds, and the upper pond will be drained to prepare for excavation work. In early to mid-August, Anson Excavating will close all access to the off-leash dog park and the trail around both ponds for the duration of the project. Heavy equipment will be working on site, and trucks will be hauling material off site for disposal.
Work is anticipated to take approximately six weeks. The city has permitted the project with the State of Colorado and the Army Corps of Engineers.
Due to the large volume of soil from the project, most of the excess material will be hauled All disturbed areas will be re-vegetated with native seed and will remain closed to all public access until grass has regrown to satisfy permit requirements. Spring Creek Road will remain open to the public with access to the Spring Creek Trail.
AG candidate to hold event in Steamboat on Friday
Colorado attorney general candidate George Brauchler will be attending a meet and greet with constituents and public officials from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Friday, July 27 at The Egg and I, 325 Anglers Drive in Steamboat Springs. The event is open to the public.
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Construction on Sleeping Giant School has moved mostly inside as the roughly 100-person crew continues the push to complete the building by the end of summer.