NEWS

SPRING CREEK 2 FIRE NEAR FULL CONTAINMENT

Parachute—The Spring Creek 2 Fire near Parachute is now 90 percent contained. The fire that was sparked by lightning last Friday evening, remains at 621 acres thanks to wildfire crews securing fire lines and primary structures in the area. Four outbuildings, three vehicles and three trailers were destroyed by the wind-aided fire during the first few hours. For the next few days, local agencies and the BLM will continue working on hot spots and patrolling the perimeter of the fire. People in the area may see smoke as fuels continue to burnout within the perimeter. West Slope Incident Team B Commander Dave Toelle says crews appreciated the outpouring of support from the community.

HARVEY GAP TO BE DRAINED

Rifle—Harvey Gap will soon be a giant mud hole. The Silt Water Conservancy District has announced plans to drain the popular reservoir in order to inspect the dam outlet structure. The good news is, fishing enthusiasts can grab a pole and tackle box and catch all they want. Effective immediately, Colorado Parks and Wildlife has lifted all bag, possession and size limits for all species in order to save as many fish as possible. While anglers are encouraged to catch and keep as many fish as possible, a valid Colorado fishing license is still required and the usual restrictions will be in place including using conventional, legal tackle. After refilling the reservoir, Harvey Gap will be restocked with approved species. Officials aren't sure how long the inspection will take.

GARCO SET TO BATTLE FEDS OVER 2.0 PLAN

Glenwood Springs—Garfield County is prepared to challenge the Bureau of Land Management in court over potential new planning regulations. The Board of County Commissioners signed a fee agreement to pay for potential legal costs over the BLM's controversial 2.0 plan. Commission Chairman John Martin says this decision is not about politics but rather the regulations set down by congress. Commissioner Tom Jankovsky says the court challenge is necessary to maintain a strong economy and preserve the right to use public land.

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