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No fireworks this year

July 1, 2012 Bobby Gutierrez 0

Meeker and Rangely both have spectacular fireworks displays but because of extreme hot and dry weather conditions and current fires burning in the state, both fire chiefs wisely announced this year’s Fourth of July displays […]

A fire possibly caused by a spark from a passing vehicle near mile marker 28 on Highway 64 near Rangely burned 2.7 acres. Rio Blanco County is currently under an open fire ban.

RBC imposes fire ban

June 14, 2012 Bobby Gutierrez 0

RBC I The Rio Blanco County Board of County Commissioners adopted a resolution to imposed a ban on open fires in the unincorporated areas of Rio Blanco County Monday last.

Fourteen controlled burns have gotten out of control in the last week, three in the Rangely area and 11 in the Meeker area, according to Rio Blanco County undersheriff Mike Joos, including one at the High Lonesome Ranch east of Meeker. Meeker fire chief Steve Allen said the conditions are “surprising everyone in how quickly they get out of control,” and he asked for people to make sure to call in (878-9600) before burning to get condition updates and ask if there are “no burn” or “red flag” warnings in place.

Fire danger unusually high

March 30, 2012 Bobby Gutierrez 0

RBC I Recent windy, dry conditions have already prompted Red Flag Warnings for northwest Colorado. Green-up, which helps to slow fires spread, has not yet occurred in most areas and dead grass and brush is […]