Monday, June 18, 2012

Monday June 18, 2012

18 Helicopters dropping water on the High Park fire northwest of Ft. Collins have been grounded in 50 mile an hour winds, and some new evacuations have been ordered.  The fire has burned 181 homes, but fire officials are quick to point out they've protected over 500 residences, and call those efforts a success. more than 56,000 had been burned by last night and the fire considred 45% contained.

Firefighters working a 300 acre fire in the Pike National Forest.  It blew up for about 2 acres yesterday afternoon and is said to be human-caused.  Evacuations have been ordered in towns in Park and Teller Counties.  It's called the Springer fire, about 3 miles south of Lake George.

If you notice smoke in the air in the Grand Valley this morning, you're right.  The national weather service says upper level winds are coming out of the west today so it's not clear exactly which fire in the west the smoke is coming from.

It'll cost more to fill up your gas tank this week than it did last week.  The price up gas has gone up 2 cents a gallon, with the Colorado average now $3.69/gal.  The price is 6.8 cents lower than a month ago and compares to the national average $3.53/gal.

Garfield County's Childhelp River Bridge Center is severing ties with the national group it used to get off the ground.  According to the Daily Sentinel, Childhelp, based in Arizona, hasn't made rent payments to the county and hasn't returned calls from the Center. The Garfield County group provides advocacy, treatment and investigation services for abuse and neglect victims. They say the amount they pay Childhelp is equal to the amount they charge Childhelp for rent.

Xcel Energy has filed a request for a decrease in electricity and natural gas bills.  The company says it's the result of lower costs associated with fuel and purchased energy.  If the PUC agrees, Xcel says residential and small business customers can expect a 15% drop in their 3rd Quarter gas bills, and a 3-5% reduction for electricity.

Teens in Fruita are getting a chance to see how their police department works.  All this week, students between 13 and 15 years old can attend the Fruit Police Department's Junior Citizen Police Academy and learn about patrol operations DUI detection, crime scene investigation, k-9s and more.  It starts today at nine.