According to a release issued by Citizens for a Healthy Community, more than 70 Delta County residents gathered at Poulos Park in Paonia on Friday, Aug 10, to send a clear message to Department of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke that public lands are the cornerstone to the well-being for the North Fork Valley and the Western Slope. The rally was spurred by Secretary Zinke's visit that day to Steamboat Springs, where a coalition of conservation groups and businesses organized a Stand for Our Land Rally
Although storms brought 1/10 to 1/3 of an inch of rain to the Bull Draw Fire, there was not enough rain to impact the fire's spread southwest of Delta.
According to an update provided Tuesday morning, the lightning-caused fire has consumed 25,190 acres.
Bryan Hollembeak was raised in a family that highly valued education. His mother was a third grade teacher; his dad served as teacher and principal in both Hotchkiss and Delta.