Craig briefs: No fire restrictions for 4th of July weekend |

Craig briefs: No fire restrictions for 4th of July weekend

The Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit is alerting the public to increasing fire danger in areas of Northwest Colorado. No fire restrictions will be in effect for the Fourth of July weekend in Moffat, Rio Blanco, Routt, Jackson and Grand counties, but the public is urged to be cautious with outdoor fires. The vegetation is continuing to dry out and becoming more receptive to fire. 

■ Campfires should be built in existing rings, kept small and never left unattended — a finable offense — and coals should be cool to the touch before leaving.

■ Always check weather conditions before igniting any fire, and have a shovel and water on hand to douse and smother fires.

■ Avoid parking in tall grass as hot tail pipes are another ignition source.

■ Fireworks are illegal on federally managed lands.

If you are traveling during the holiday weekend, Colorado fire restriction information can be found at Travelers are encouraged to contact the land management agency where they plan to visit.

Incentives offered to reduce I-70 congestion

Summertime traffic on eastbound Interstate 70 can be nearly as gridlocked as wintertime, so the Colorado Department of Transportation and the I-70 Coalition are continuing the popular “Change Your Peak Time” reminders, incentives and deals through Labor Day, according to a press release.  

Nearly every weekend in summer sees I-70 clogged with cars trying to head to or leave the mountains at the same time. That’s why motorists are encouraged to “Change Your Peak Time” by extending their fun in the mountains instead of sitting in traffic.

“Change Your Peak Time” shares deals and incentives as well as general tips for ways to skip the mountain return rush. Special “Peak Time Deals” at are updated regularly and include a list of restaurants, entertainment options, retailers and lodging options throughout the I-70 corridor offering weekend discounts.