Fire on hay hauler shuts down Hwy 64

A Reynolds Nationwide semi tractor and trailer out of San Antonio, Texas, caught fire on Melon Hill outside of Rangely Saturday afternoon when hay stacked too close to the semi’s exhaust pipe ignited, spreading to other bales and falling onto the tractor as the driver separated it from the trailer.

RANGELY I A semi-tractor trailer hauling approximately 20 one-ton bales of hay caught fire Saturday afternoon, destroying the tractor and closing Highway 64 west of Rangely for four hours.

Early morning fire does damage to Rangely home

RANGELY I A house fire broke out early Monday morning south of Rangely, severely damaging the home and resulting in a female living at the residence being taken to Rangely District Hospital with minor injuries, the Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s Office reported.

Two residential fires; one an arson?

MEEKER I The Meeker Fire and Police departments received two calls of residential fires this past weekend. The first call, located at 637 10th St., came in to Rio Blanco County Dispatch about 4:55 a.m. on Saturday. That call was made by townhouse owner Sharon Purkey, who stated she had


phmkcafe fire

The Meeker volunteer fire department responded to a grill fire and gas leak reported at the Meeker Café Tuesday. Local police evacuated people from the surrounding buildings while the fire was extinguished and gas lines were turned off and checked. The Café was expected to reopen Wednesday night or Thursday

Fires burn more than 1,600 acres in Rio Blanco County

Smoke from the lightning-sparked Powell fire five miles northwest of Meeker could be seen from miles around. The fire has burned approximately 900 acres, including private and BLM land, part of which is on a Wilderness Study Area. The fire was 100 percent contained as of Tuesday.

RBC I Lightning started the Powell and Little Duck fires in Rio Blanco County last week, burning more than 1,600 acres before monsoon rains helped more than 200 firefighters and a Type II fire management team contain the blazes.

RBC to update wildfire protection plan

RBC I Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPPs) are authorized and defined by the Health Forests Restoration Act (HFRA) passed by Congress in 2003. A CWPP is a community plan that brings together diverse local interests to discuss their mutual concerns for public safety, community sustainability and natural resources.

Smoke in northwest Colorado is from fires in Wyoming, Utah

RBC | Numerous smoke reports called into the Craig Interagency Fire Dispatch Center this afternoon were the result of fires in Utah and Wyoming. Smoke was carried from these incidents across northwest Colorado causing hazy air conditions and raising concerns from the public.

Storms bring more lightning and wildfires


RBC | Fire officials were busy again today with fires that erupted from thunderstorms moving through northwest Colorado. Reports of 12 wildland fires were confirmed; nine in western Moffat County and three in Rio Blanco County.

Twin Buttes Fire at 240 acres

RANGELY | Fire managers determined the lightning-caused Twin Buttes Fire is 240 acres. Fire activity is low with smoldering in grass and brush and no growth yesterday.

Indian Valley Fire 70% contained


MEEKER – The Indian Valley Fire was mapped with a Global Positioning Unit this afternoon and is 322 acres. The main fire activity today was smoldering in grass and brush and occasional torching of isolated groups of pinyon and juniper trees. The fire is now 70% contained as engines and hand crews secured the flanks.

Containment expected Monday evening on the Rough Fire

RANGELY – The Rough Fire is 340 acres and 70 percent contained. Full containment is expected by tomorrow evening.

Rough Fire near Rangely at about 250 acres

RANGELY – The 250 acre Rough Fire was reported Friday afternoon following thunder and lightning storms. It is burning on Bureau of Land Management public lands, 20 miles northeast of Rangely, in pinyon and juniper trees, sagebrush and grass.