Fire danger low, but caution urged

RBC | Fire danger is low in Rio Blanco County, which means the current potential for large intense wildfires is at a minimum. However fire safety always needs to be observed as lighter vegetation, like grass and brush, can dry out quickly and when combined with dead vegetation from last year, can easily catch and […]

No fireworks this year

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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 would be cancelled.

Restrictions upped to Stage II

RBC I Extreme fire conditions in northwestern Colorado have prompted the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit to increase fire restrictions to the “Stage II” level for all BLM lands in the Little Snake, Kremmling and White River field offices beginning Friday, June 22.

Stage II fire restrictions in effect today

RBC I The Bureau of Land Management (Northwest Colorado District), the White River National Forest and the National Park Service-Colorado National Monument will institute Stage II fire restrictions on Friday, June 22.

Fire: Remain “on guard”

RBC I Residents are reminded to remain “on guard” with the use of fire during Red Flag warning periods.

RBC imposes fire ban

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 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.

Seasonably warm, dry conditions demand caution with fire use in local area

RBC I With below normal precipitation, early snowpack runoff and above normal temperatures, the stage is set for fast-growing fires. There have been numerous wildland fires in northwest Colorado, predominantly on private property, from agriculture and debris burning that have burned out of control. One of the reported fires caused damage to neighboring property and […]

Fire destroys Parr homestead, damages farm equipment

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MEEKER I With the current dry conditions, a controlled burn can get out of control quickly, which is what happened Easter afternoon on Little Beaver.

Fire danger unusually high

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.

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 ready to burn.