Wildfire in Dinosaur National Monument

A new wildfire in Dinosaur National Monument was started on Sunday by lightning. So far the “Happy Hollow” fire is burning an area of mostly trees and sagebrush. At last report the fire was 335 acres and burning in the Monument about 25 miles west of Maybell, Colorado. The BLM reports that there have been around 100 firefighters working on the blaze so far and that no structures are in danger by the fire. There has been no containment numbers released and flight restrictions are in place to prohibit any use of drones. States throughout the region are working on or have passed new laws regarding drones around wildfires after firefighting efforts were hindered by drones hovering around Utah wildfires earlier this spring and summer. Utah passed House Bill 3003 in July which increases penalties for operating drones in and around wildfires.

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Kristin Baldwin

Kristin never planned to work in news radio but has thoroughly enjoyed being part of the news team at KVEL. Her love of literature and writing developed in high school which led her to study English Literature and Technical Writing at BYU. She received her BA in English from BYU in 2005 and studied at UVU in Orem for 2 semesters to become a Certified Technical Writer in 2006. Two months after completion she began her dream job of being a stay-at-home mom.  As mother of 2 energetic kids, she began writing from home for the KVEL news team in 2011 and considers it the perfect fit as a full time mom and part time writer.