Fire destroys Meeker home; cause of blaze not known

MEEKER I At about 3 p.m. on April 22, fire destroyed the home of Glen and Rose Abbott at 1107 Pinyon St. The garage was spared when Meeker firefighters on Engine 1 were able to contain the blaze. No one was in the house at the time, and there were no injuries. Share on Facebook

Brush fire threatens power line

MEEKER I Potential calamity was averted when John Wix successfully extinguished a fire Friday evening that had ignited a utility pole, threatening the power lines overhead. Share on Facebook

House burns down in Piceance Creek; resident hospitalized

PICEANCE CREEK I The Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call at 9:29 p.m. last Thursday that a structure was on fire at 23404 County Road 5, which is in the rural Piceance Creek area, 45 miles southwest of Meeker. According to a press release from the sheriff’s office, when the first deputy […]

House fire…

A residence at 340 Park St. in Meeker was damaged Friday, when hot grease from the family barbecue grill dripped onto the propane line to the barbecue, which “compromised the propane line,” leading to the fire, Fire Chief Steve Allen said Wednesday. Homeowners Jason Hightower and Mandi Etheridge said no one was injured. Allen said […]

Letter to the Editor: Thanks for help with 4-H pig pen blaze

Dear Editor: Two weeks after the Rangely 4-H pen fire, we can’t thank enough the individuals and businesses who have poured their hearts into helping this organization and its kids rebuild! Share on Facebook

Repairs nearly completed after 4-H pen electrical fire

RANGELY I In just over a week, workers have nearly completed rebuilding the 4-H pen that burned in an electrical fire May 5, killing several 4-H project pigs and severely damaging the structure. Share on Facebook

Fire at Rangely 4-H pens leaves 5 pigs dead, 2 hurt

RANGELY I A fire ignited by an electrical source killed five pigs and injured two more in one of two Rangely 4-H community pens on Monday afternoon. Share on Facebook

Fire on hay hauler shuts down Hwy 64

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. Share on Facebook

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. Share on Facebook

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 been at her mother’s house […]


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 morning. Share on Facebook

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

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. Share on Facebook