House burns down in Piceance Creek; resident hospitalized

This home in Piceance Creek was destroyed by fire during weekend.

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 […]

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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

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!

Repairs nearly completed after 4-H pen electrical fire

A roustabout crew hired by WPX Energy finished most of the 4-H pen rebuild project in Rangely in just over a week. On Wednesday, the building frame was in place. By Sunday afternoon, the building was complete, replacing the old pen, which was severely damaged in a fire on May 5.

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.

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.

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.