Steamboat briefs: Big Fish Area closure scheduled to reopen Friday after blaze |

Steamboat briefs: Big Fish Area closure scheduled to reopen Friday after blaze

The Himes Peak Fire in the Flat Tops Wilderness Area is 100 percent contained. Crews are "mopping up" hot spots within the fire perimeter. They will continue to monitor the fire and rehabilitate the containment line through the weekend.

The White River National Forest's area closure of the Big Fish drainage, Himes Peak Campground, and Big Fish, Himes Peak and Boulder Lake trails will be lifted at 12:01 a.m. Friday, Sept. 15.

Visitors are advised to use caution in the Big Fish drainage. There is an increased danger of dead trees falling in freshly burned and unstable areas. Those using Big Fish Trail 1819 must remain on the trail and refrain from traveling on the perimeter scars of the fire.

"OktoberForest" celebration planned at Mountain Tap Thursday

Mountain Tap Brewery has planned an OktoberForest celebration from 3:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday to raise awareness of the importance of restoring forests. Representatives from the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest and Yampatika will be on-hand to discuss the state of local forests. Bavarian-style food and beer will be available for purchase.

OktoberForest is an initiative of The Nature Conservancy's Restoring America's Forests program, which is working to double the pace of forest restoration in the U.S. to benefit people, water and wildlife. Mountain Tap Brewery is joining other breweries across the nation to stage a celebration this month.

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According to The Nature Conservancy, 50 percent of America's water comes from forests, and 82 million acres of forest — the size of Colorado — need restoration. Beer is 90 percent water, so forest restoration is an important topic within the brewing industry.

Mountain Tap Brewery will stage its first tapping of Schwarzwald, a German-style dry-hopped dark lager named after the Black Forest, and $1 from every Schwarzwald sold will be donated to Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest. Complimentary tasters will be provided from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

Nominations accepted for area Leckenby, Larson Awards

Nominations are now being accepted for the Tread of Pioneers Museum's Leckenby and Larson Awards, which annually honor people who have enriched the quality of life in Routt County.

Nominees of the Leckenby Pioneer Award should fit the following.

• Have lived a total of 30 years in the county. The nominee does not have to be living here now.

• Be involved with the community, responsive to community needs (past and present) and serve as a representative of the history of the community.

• Demonstrate personal integrity.

• Be inspirational to youth.

Qualifications for the Stanley L. Larson Award are the following.

• The nominee must have lived in Routt County and must now be deceased.

• The nominee must have made a major contribution to Routt County.

Emailed nominations to by Thursday.