By Stacey Karp and Lisa Radzak 170 Million Americans for Public Broadcasting
Tomorrow, Wednesday, July 18, the powerful House Labor, Health and Human Services (LHHS) Appropriations Subcommittee will meet to recommend funding for public broadcasting stations. Draft recommendations were released earlier today proposing a phased elimination of all federal funding for America’s local public television and radio stations. We need your help TODAY! Yesterday, we asked advocates of 170 Million Americans for Public Broadcasting to call their Members of Congress who sit on this subcommittee.
EFFECTIVE JULY 13, 2012: Fire restrictions are lifted at higher elevations and eased at lower elevations of the San Juan National Forest, as follows:
Higher Elevation (shown as Zone 2 on maps): Fire restrictions for higher elevations of the San Juan National Forest, which have been receiving more moisture, are hereby lifted; however, visitors are still asked to remain safety conscious in these areas.
July 6, 2012 OURAY COUNTY – Colorado Department of Transportation contractor Midwest Rockfall requires at least two night closures of US 550 Red Mountain Pass for upcoming drainage pipe work. The drainage work is part of the project to repair two crib walls (retaining walls) under the southbound lane approximately 1.5 miles north of snow shed. The work will be completed by September 25, 2012.
MANCOS, Colo. - Russ Reimers' Type 3 incident management organization will transition command of the Weber Fire back to the Tres Rios Field Office on Saturday, July 7. A majority of the firefighters will return to their home unit or will report to other fires on Friday, July 6.
MANCOS, Colo. - Today at 6 p.m., the Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team C transferred command of the Weber Fire to a Type 3 organization with Russ Reimers as the Incident Commander. Upon the transfer, the Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team C indicated the Weber Fire was 85 percent contained and had burned 10,133 acres.
Patrol, mop up and rehabilitation operations are continuing with two helicopters available to assist hand crews. Evacuated homeowners were allowed to return home, and smoke is not as readily visible.
Escarpment: Burning on Ute Mountain Ute lands near Mesa Verde. Fire is estimated at 50 acres. Fire was contained 6/30 at 6:45 PM.
HD4: This fire which started 6/30 in Zabel Canyon in the HD Mountains on the San Juan National Forest, Columbine Ranger District was fully contained today at6:45 PM. Firefighters will continue with mop-up.
Ponderosa: This fire started on S. Ute lands on 6/29. It was fully contained at 10 acres at 11:20 AM today.
MANCOS, Colo. - After two days of burnout operations on the northern perimeter of the Weber Fire, operations were effectively completed today. Today's activity removes a significant portion of the remaining heavy fuels that were of concern to fire officials. Officials report the fire size at 10,133 acres (15.8 square miles) and lists containment at 65 percent. Acreage by ownership is: BLM - 7,435 acres, Colorado State - 901 acres, and private property 1,797 acres.
HD4: A new fire in Zabel Canyon in the HD Mountains on the San Juan National Forest, Columbine Ranger District. There are reports of spotting ¼ mile in front of the fire. There is currently one crew and one engine on the fire. Two SEATs, a helitanker, and heavy air tanker have been ordered to assist firefighters. The lightning-caused fire is estimated at 5-10 acres in size and no structures are threatened.
Fire Information Officer: Pam Wilson, 970-799-1179