Steamboat Pilot & Today: Checked your spark arrestor lately?
Author: The Steamboat Today Editorial Board - June 20, 2018 - Updated: June 20, 2018
The light rain that fell across Routt County June 17 and 18 took some of the edge off the wildfire danger here. But it wasn’t significant enough to warrant complacency so soon after an event like the Buffalo Mountain Fire that threatened homes in Silverthorne last week.
If there is anything we’ve learned from the horrific fires that swept through California wine country last year, it’s the importance of having a “go-box” prepared with important household documents and a few treasured possession. How many of us in Routt County haven’t yet prepared for the unthinkable?
The Buffalo Mountain Fire was 95-percent contained as of June 16, and regional firefighters had turned mop-up operations over to local firefighters. To the north of Steamboat, the much larger Badger Creek Fire, burning in the Medicine Bow Routt National Forest just north of the state line in Wyoming, was deemed 88-percent contained as of the morning of June 19.