Craig Briefs: Rio Blanco wildfire is being allowed to burn |

Craig Briefs: Rio Blanco wildfire is being allowed to burn

A 9-acre wildfire burning on federal land in the Piceance Basin in Rio Blanco County was being allowed to continue to burn Friday.

Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit fire crews are on the scene of the lightning-caused wildfire in Willow Creek. The fire, burning in pinon juniper on Bureau of Land Management land, is not threatening any structures and no injuries have been reported.

Because no structures are threatened, BLM fire officials have decided to take advantage of the opportunity by allowing the fire to continue to burn for resource management benefits.

“Fire is a natural part of the environment and some of these areas in Northwest Colorado have not had fire in a long time,” said Christopher Joyner, public affairs specialist for the fire management unit.

Firefighters are treating the fire as a prescribed burn and will not extinguish it until more firefighting resources are made available today.

Three Type 6 engines, one Type 4 engine and a hot shots crew based out of Craig are on the scene.

Smithsonian exhibit is on display in Rawlins

A Smithsonian Institution exhibit is the Carbon County Higher Education Center in Rawlins, Wyo., through June 15. “Key Ingredients” America By Food” is free and open to the public. For more information, call 307-328-9274 or visit

Weight loss program is being offered in Craig

Weigh and Win, a free incentive program to lose weight and make healthier choices, will be available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 4 to June 13 at the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association’s Craig office, 745 Russell St. For more information call 970-819-4110.

County fair is seeking sponsors for an event

The Moffat County Fair is seeking activity sponsors for this year’s Family Fun Night, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Aug. 9. The evening will begin with the Catch a Pig contest and will include other activities for families and children of all ages. There also will be music and strolling entertainment.

Any interested businesses, groups or individuals can call the Moffat County Extension Office at 970-824-9180. Sponsorship commitments are due by June 15.

Free soccer lessons offered by resident

Craig resident Francisco Reina is offering free one-on-one soccer lessons for anyone interested in working on their game. For more information, call 970-826-9724.

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