With drought conditions continuing over one-third of the state, The United States Department of Agriculture and Small Business Administration have added seven more counties to the list receiving primary disaster designations from the two agencies. Primary counties now account for 31 of Colorado's 64 counties. Eleven more are eligible for assistance as neighboring counties.
While over one-third of Colorado remains in extreme or exceptional drought, parts of the state showed improvements following spring thunderstorms.
Northeast Colorado continues to benefit from late spring rains as conditions improved in Clear Creek, Gilpin, Jefferson, Broomfield, Weld, Adams, Denver, Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert, Washington, Lincoln, Kit Carson and Cheyenne counties. The improving counties saw drought conditions disappear or shift to abnormally dry conditions.
Internet pre-sales for tickets to the Colorado State Fair entertainment series starts Wednesday, with official sales starting Friday.
Pre-sale signup is available at www.coloradostatefair.comstarting at 10:00 a.m.
Colorado's annual free fishing weekend is coming Saturday and Sunday. Fishing licenses will not be required anywhere in the state for people of all ages.
Although a license will not be required, Colorado Parks and Wildlife will be enforcing all other rules set for the sport. For those who become "hooked" after a free weekend, licenses are available from hundreds of businesses across the state, or at CPW offices.
Conditions Report - Statewide
Rivers and Creeks
A brush fire is threatening the Island Acres Campground at the James M. Robb Colorado River State Park. The park is located in western Colorado along I-70 near Grand Junction.
At 7:00 p.m. Friday, Colorado Parks and Wildlife Deputy Region Manager Aaron Fero reported that Colorado Parks and Wildlife staff had evacuated all campers from the campground, which was fully booked for the Memorial Day weekend. The campground has 77 campsites.
Colorado GovernorJohn Hickenlooper has ordered flags to be lowered to half-staff on all public buildings statewide Monday, May 28, in recognition of Memorial Day, and as proclaimed by President Donald J. Trump. Flags should be lowered from sunrise to noon.
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 25, 2018
HONORING MEMORIAL DAY 2018
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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA