Briefs: Aug. 21

Officials warn of lightning danger

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Dinosaur National Monument fire officials are monitoring a lightning caused fire south of Rippling Brook located on a bench above the Green River and below the top of Wild Mountain.

The fire, thought to have started on Tuesday, is burning in Juniper and Pinion, and has consumed between one and two acres.

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ument has been managing natural fires since the early 1980s, and will suppress the fire only if it is no longer achieving resource benefits or if public safety or smoke become concerns.

Lightning is very common in Northwest Colorado in the summer, and precautions should be taken if you see lightning and hear thunderclaps within 30 seconds of seeing lightning.

  • Take shelter in a vehicle or building if possible.
  • If outdoors, find a low spot away from trees, wire fences, utility lines and other elevated, conductive objects.
  • If only isolated trees are nearby, keep your distance at least twice the tree height.
  • If in open country, crouch low minimizing contact with the ground. You can sit on a pack, but never lay on the ground.
  • Don't stay on ridge tops, in wide-open areas, or near ledges or rock outcroppings.

To report a wildland fire in Northwest Colorado call 826-5037.

C.O.M.A. to sponsor awareness program

An author and advocate in the fight against methamphetamine use is scheduled to visit Craig next week to deliver a presentation on the devastating effect of the illegal narcotic.

Dr. Mary F. Holley, author of "Crystal Meth: They Call it Ice (Tate Publishing)," is scheduled to appear at 7 p.m. Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Moffat County High School auditorium, 900 Finley Lane. Her one-hour presentation, titled "Crystal Meth: The High is a Lie," is sponsored by the local advocacy organization, Communities Overcoming Meth Abuse.

Holley is the founder and director of Mothers Against Methamphetamine, a national drug education organization started in 2001 and based in Arab, Ala. She has also produced numerous educational videotapes regarding the ill effects of methamphetamine.

Holley's presentation is free and open to the public.

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