NEWS: Wednesday May 26, 2010

May 26th @ 9:57 am in News by Scott Staley

Throughout the week, Christ’s Kitchen in Montrose serves the hungry and on Saturday, Weekend Blessing does the same. This new group works with local churches in making the sack lunches.  Lunches can be picked up Saturdays at 11:30a-12:30p at The Road Home (831 N. Selig, Montrose) or 1302 E. Main, Montrose (the corner of Main and San Juan next to Thunder Moon). Each person is allowed one large sack (or two small sacks) for Saturday and another for Sunday.  Exceptions are made for families. (This group isn’t associated with Christ’s Kitchen–it’s just the fact that both serve the hungry…locally).
Source: PSA   (Posted 11:08a)

The Montrose Fire Department responded to Fiesta Guadalajara just after 3:00am this morning as a fire alarm blared from the building. A clothes dryer was smoking as oily rags smoldered inside. No one was in the building at the time of the fire. Damage is estimated around $7,500. The restaurant was advised they can’t open until their sprinkler system is reactivated (after speaking with the restaurant, they said they won’t be open for lunch today but plan on being open for dinner). The building suffered along with smoke damage, some water damage.
(Posted 10:14a)

Beaver Fire Update::Fire crews continued to make significant progress on the Beaver Fire Tuesday. Weather conditions remained stable throughout the day; however fire officials are expecting warmer, dryer conditions today with an increase in winds.  Crews will continue to secure the perimeter of the fire and monitor areas of fire within the fire perimeter.

There is a high potential for falling trees along the San Miguel River in the fire area. The river is open from the south to the Beaver Recreation Area and north of the fire’s location.  The river remains closed through the fire zone. Hwy 145 remains open, however travelers are asked to use caution due to ongoing fire operations along the river corridor.

Incident Commander Todd Pechota, and members of the Incident Management Team, met with local officials and citizens on Tuesday to share the current status of the Beaver Fire. He commented that “the Incident Management Team is working with the public land managers and San Miguel County officials to control the fire and to continue to provide for firefighter and community safety.”  Fire officials are working with the land management agencies to plan for rehabilitation of the suppression efforts.

The fire size has been downsized to 2,525 acres due to crews being able to obtain more detailed information about the burned areas on the north and west of Hwy 145. Of the 2,525 acres burned, 2,091 acres are on land managed by the Norwood Ranger District (USFS) and 434 acres on lands managed by the Uncompahgre Field Office (BLM).

No structures have been damaged or are currently threatened.  There have been no injuries on the fire.

Beaver Fire Statistics at a Glance:
Time/Date Started:  May 22, 2010 approximately 3:00 p.m.
Location: Norwood, Colorado
Cause: Downed Power Line
Estimated Cost: $510,000
Fuels: Pinion –Juniper, mixed conifer, grass-sage
2,525 acres
Containment: 40%
Resources Committed: 4 type one crews, 1 type two crews, 1 type one helicopter, 1 type three helicopter, 15 engines, 5 dozers, 6 water tenders, 280 personnel.
Source: Press Release   (Posted 9:58a)