Rifle airfield gets huge aerial firefighting center

RIFLE I The Division of Fire Prevention and Control (DFPC) presented its recommendations and selection of Rifle-Garfield County Airport to Gov. John Hickenlooper as host community for the Center of Excellence for Advanced Technology Aerial Firefighting.

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.

Firefighting pilot survives Aug. 27 crash near Meeker

MEEKER — A pilot whose single-engine firefighting plane crashed Aug. 27 about 20 miles from here walked away with only minor injuries.