Controlled burns…

As we get farther into spring, the skies from a distance may appear as though Rio Blanco County is awash with fire and smoke. The reality is a lot of the county’s farm and ranch land is being burned on purpose to eliminate wild grasses that could lead to large-scale fires. Above, this controlled burn is taking place south of Highway 64 about eight miles west of Meeker.

Two controlled burns planned within county

RBC I Fire officials from the Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Unit are planning a number of prescribed fires this spring if the conditions are right, including in Rio Blanco County.

Controlled burn…


With warmer weather melting much of the snow and exposing last fall’s brush, grass and debris, area residents are beginning to burn off dead brush and leaves, such as this recent small controlled burn near Rangely. County law enforcement agencies remind residents to contact them before a burn takes place. In Rangely, call 675-8466; in […]