Forest Service issues temporary closure for Lost Solar Fire area

RBC I As of Wednesday morning, the Blanco Ranger District issued a temporary area closure order for the Lost Solar Fire area in the Flat Tops Wilderness. The lightning-caused fire has grown to approximately 4,500 acres since it started Aug. 8 and is burning in mixed conifer and aspen and partially in open meadow in […]


The Rio Blanco County commissioners honored Ken Coffin, the U.S. Forest Service District Ranger for the White River National Forest—Blanco Ranger District, on Oct. 26 with an Award of Special Recognition for his years of service locally to build community relationships and encourage multi-use of public lands. Coffin has accepted another USFS position in Red […]

Pack it in? Pack it back out, too

RBC I Westerners take great pride in their independent and self-sufficient nature, but that spirit is not always evident in the backcountry when people leave their trash for “someone else” to remove. Earlier this month, a Colorado man was sentenced to federal prison as punishment for massive littering, including leaving approximately 8,500 pounds of trash […]

Area rangers launch ‘Every Kid in a Park’

RBC I The Blanco Ranger District is proud to help launch the Every Kid in a Park program as part of President Obama’s commitment to protect our nation’s unique outdoor spaces and ensure that every American has the opportunity to visit and enjoy them. Share on Facebook

Big prescribed burn planned north in county

MEEKER I The Blanco Ranger District of the White River National Forest plans to conduct a prescribed burn in the Aldrich Lakes area sometime in late September or early October. Share on Facebook

Meeker, Colorado – Home of the 2012 Capitol Christmas Tree

After more than a year of planning and gathering ornaments, the 2012 Capitol Christmas Tree, harvested 40 miles east of Meeker in the White River National Forest, was delivered, decorated and lit in front of the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C. on Dec. 4, 2012. Share on Facebook

Capitol Tree celebrations

MEEKER I The excitement continues to build as preparations are made to cut, wrap and deliver Colorado’s gift to the nation, the 2012 Capitol Christmas Tree, and everyone in Rio Blanco County is invited to take part in the celebration Nov. 3. Since it was announced last December that the 2012 Capitol Christmas Tree would […]

Middle Elk fire area closed

MEEKER I The Middle Elk Fire on the Blanco Ranger District is located some 30 miles north of New Castle, Colo., to the west of the Buford New Castle Road at Hiner Springs. For safety reasons the area of the fire remains closed at this time. Share on Facebook

Help decorate the Capitol Christmas Tree

RBC I What an opportunity for the young people of Colorado! Colorado kids can help provide one of the more than 5,000 handmade ornaments that will adorn this year’s Capitol Christmas Tree. Kids providing ornaments will be entered into a drawing for a trip to Washington, D.C. accompanied by their parents. Think of standing next […]

RBC proud to furnish Capitol Christmas Tree tree

RBC I Rio Blanco County commissioner Kai Turner joined Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, Under Secretary of Agriculture Harris Sherman, and representatives from the U.S. Forest Service last Friday in Denver for the official announcement that the 2012 Capitol Christmas Tree will be provided by the White River National Forest. RBC Commissioner Kai Turner, a fifth-generation […]

District urges caution on trails

MEEKER I This year’s heavy snowpack and cool spring temperatures are affecting travel on roads and trails across the White River National Forest. Many roads and trails that normally open in late May are still covered with snow. Several roads and trails have been covered by landslides. Soils in the high country are saturated, making […]