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Republican primary to determine assessor

Scott Cunningham

Eagle County’s Republican voters Tuesday, Aug. 13, will determine Eagle County’s assessor in a primary election, the winner of which will be unchallenged by another party in November’s general election.Incumbent Jody Caruthers is running against Joyce Mack of Edwards. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. For the polling location nearest you, call the Eagle County Clerk and Recorder’s Office at (970) 328-8710 and press 5.Emergency meeting slightly alters wateringA special joint meeting between the boards of the Eagle River Water and Sanitation District (ERWSD) and the Upper Eagle Regional Water Authority (UERWA) on Aug. 3 yielded slight changes to already stringent water restrictions.Though the two-day-a-week limit for watering lawns was not changed, the times have been decreased from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. to midnight to 8 a.m. Monday remains a no watering day, and the other days residents are able to water their lawns is determined by their address.The fines levied by the water district for users who violate the watering schedule were also raised to $100 for the first offense, $500 for the second and third offense, followed by disconnection of water service for the fourth offense.As long as the Eagle River flows stay above 25 cubic feet per second, these restrictions will remain the same, water officials say. Recent monsoon rains may be helping to ease that situation.Owners of property in Vail, Eagle-Vail, Avon, Wildridge, Mountain Star, Beaver Creek, Bachelor Gulch, Arrowhead, Edwards, Singletree or Cordillera are urged to make these adjustments immediately. For more information on Vail’s watering restrictions, call (970) 949-5887.Five-acre Wildridge fires causes a scareA wildfire in Wildridge behind Beaver Creek Automotive in Avon forced the evacuation of area residents at 2:20 a.m., Aug. 2 the first fire-caused mass evacuation in Eagle County so far this wildfire season.When a fire crew first arrived on the scene, they encountered flames approximately four to five feet in height in an area about 10-by-10 feet. The fire was located several hundred yards up steep terrain in an area with heavy dry brush and sage.Firefighters called Holy Cross Electric to shut off power to lines in the immediate area of the fire to prevent live lines from dropping on firefighters and to keep more fires from starting. Holy Cross shut off power in the area of the fire with only a brief power outage to the residents above.Due to sudden increased and shifting winds, the fire rapidly blew up to approximately one quarter of an acre and became very active around 2:45 a.m., when it was upgraded to a general alarm.At 3:30 a.m., Eagle River Fire Protection District Chief Charles Moore realized the fire was advancing toward the Wildridge Subdivision. Due to the speed of the wind, erratic fire behavior and the proximity to homes, Moore made the decision to order an evacuation of residents in the lower part of Wildridge.&quotFrom my vantage point at the top of the ridge, the fire had advanced to within an eighth of a mile from the nearest structure and was still moving,&quot Moore said.The reverse 911 system was used to call affected residents, and police began a door-to-door notification as well. That was necessary because many residents have cordless phones that use electricity, which don’t work when the power is out.The fire appears to have been started by faulty power equipment or power lines. However, the cause is still under investigation by the Eagle River Fire Protection District, the Avon Police Department and the U.S. Forest Service.Eagle River Fire Protection District and the U.S. Forest Service were assisted in battling this blaze with a total of 80-85 personnel and 15 units from the Avon Police Department, Eagle County Ambulance District, Eagle County Sheriff’s Office Fire Division, Greater Eagle Fire Protection District, Gypsum Fire Department and Vail Fire Departments.

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