Craig briefs for Aug. 29 |

Craig briefs for Aug. 29

Fire crews make headway on blazes

— On Wednesday night, fire crews contained a fire 23 miles northwest of Craig that jumped containment lines Tuesday night, the Bureau of Land Management reported in a news release. The Prong Fire, which started Sunday, burned 5,150 acres before firefighters could contain it.

The Mayberry Fire, 32 miles northwest of Craig, is 75 percent contained, the BLM reported, and full containment was expected by Thursday. The Lone Fire, 15 miles north of Elk Springs, was 75 percent contained Thursday and full containment was anticipated later in the day.

A fire that started Tuesday seven miles northwest of Meeker was 0 percent contained Wednesday night. The blaze has consumed 500 acres of steep terrain covered with tall oak brush, the BLM reported.

Air tanker crash still under investigation

A single-engine air tanker crash still is under investigation, the Bureau of Land Management reported in a news release.

The crash occurred around 3 p.m. Wednesday while responding to a fire 20 miles northwest of Meeker that was reported at 10:25 a.m.

“The pilot was flown to Grand Junction with apparently minor injuries after walking away from the crash,” the BLM reported.

Meeker Volunteer Fire and Ambulance responded to the crash.

The pilot has been released from the hospital after having suffered minor injuries, said David Boyd, BLM public affairs specialist for Northwest Colorado. The pilot’s name is being withheld.

BLM officials said more information on the investigation would be released as it becomes available.

VNA holding drop-in STD clinic Sept. 8

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, located at 745 Russell Street, will hold a drop-in sexually transmitted disease clinic from 9 to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 8.

The clinic is free and confidential and will include screening for various sexually transmitted diseases including HIV. No appointment is necessary. For more information, call 824-8233.

Volunteers needed for Wild West Air Fest

Volunteers are needed Saturday and Sunday for the 2008 Wild West Air Fest, which is part of Steamboat Springs’ Labor Day Weekend Celebration. All volunteers will receive a free plane ride and a complimentary T-shirt for their efforts.

To sign up as a volunteer, call Kristi at 875-7006 or stop by the Visitor Center, 125 Anglers Drive.

VA TeleHealth Clinic closed Sept. 2 to 5

The Veterans Affairs Community Based TeleHealth Clinic in Craig will be closed Sept. 2 to 5. Patients who use the clinic can schedule appointments through the Grand Junction Veterans Affairs Medical Center during the closure. Community based outpatient clinic patients who need nonemergency medical advice can call the Grand Junction VAMC nurse line at 970-263-2846 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. After 4:30 p.m., these patients should call 970-263-2800 and speak to the operator, who will forward the call as appropriate.