News briefs for Jan. 18, 2014: No injuries reported in house fire
A home on the 1000 block of Yampa Avenue caught fire Friday morning, but no one was injured. The fire was limited to the attic space, said Fire Chief KC Hume. There were 40 dogs in the nearby space, and 20 were evacuated. Hume said the private residence may function as a kennel. Preliminary investigation led the Craig Fire/Rescue team to think the fire was caused by an electrical problem. Fire/Rescue got the call at 10:04 a.m. and contained the fire within 25 minutes, Hume said.
Drivers are cautioned about sun glare on I-70
The Colorado Department of Transportation is reminding drivers who travel Interstate 70 about the sun glare problem that affects drivers at this time of year on Floyd Hill.
Beginning in early November and continuing through early February, morning drivers can encounter blinding sun glare as they head eastbound up Floyd Hill (mile markers 244 to 247 east of Idaho Springs). The glare occurs from about 7 until 8:30 a.m. However, it is especially severe from 7:30 to 8 a.m. The problem is created by the sun’s angle during mid- to late fall and early winter, along with the highway’s configuration going up Floyd Hill.
Driver recommendations include:
■ Make sure the windshield is clean — inside and out;
■ Wear a good pair of sunglasses to provide shading;
■ Anticipate traffic slowdowns and adjust speed to avoid sudden reactions;
■ Let off the accelerator and gradually slow down instead of slamming on the brakes if suddenly blinded by the sun; and
■ If possible, avoid eastbound travel on Floyd Hill between 7 and 8:30 a.m.
CDOT also reminds motorists of Colorado’s Move-It Law, a joint effort between CDOT and law enforcement agencies that encourages motorists to follow a state law requiring drivers who are involved in minor crashes on interstates to immediately move their vehicle out of traffic and to a safe location.
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