Briefs for August 4: Fire officials appreciative of public’s response |

Briefs for August 4: Fire officials appreciative of public’s response

The Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit issued a news release this week thanking area residents who have reported wildland fires.

“Having the public reporting fires allows us to respond quicker and work to keep the incidents small,” said Colt Mortenson, Bureau of Land Management fire management officer. “There are some key pieces of information that help us respond more efficiently.”

Fire management officials request residents follow these guidelines when reporting a fire:

Call 911.

Move out of the fire area and monitor, account for others and move them to safety.

State your name and phone number in case more information is needed. Report the location from where you’re seeing fire or smoke, and state the location of the fire, including where you are standing and nearest roads, highways or landmarks.

Note fuels burning, such as sagebrush, grass or trees, and estimate the size of the fire in acres or football fields.

Public safety is of the utmost importance, fire officials said. Fires can spread quicker than expected, so never attempt to extinguish a blaze yourself.

Cars sought for upcoming show

Owners of antique, hotrod and unusual cars are being sought for participation in a local car show Sept. 1.

For more details about the show, for which there is no entry fee, email information about your car to or call 970-620-6216.

Balloons and BBQ Blast at Loudy-Simpson Park

The Balloons and BBQ Blast, which includes both the Colorado State Barbecue Championship at Craig and the Moffat County Balloon Festival, will take place today and Sunday at Loudy Simpson Park.

Activities include vendor booths, entertainment, a performance by Beatles tribute band FAB 4, and balloon launches.

Balloon launches begin after sunrise today and Sunday, and awards for the BBQ competition will be announced at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

For a complete schedule, see the community calendar at or visit

VNA offering low-cost testing

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association’s Community Health Center, 745 Russell St., will offer confidential, low-cost, drop-in STD testing from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays.

For more information, call the health center at 824-8233.

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