Fire burns west of Meeker

RBC I A Bureau of Land Management fire crew responded to the lightning-caused Blackwall Fire on Monday afternoon.

It is a mighty tough task to predict wildland forest fires

RBC I In the midst of fighting a wildfire, predicting the future is a matter of tracking invisible forces: gust fronts, storms, air columns. While firefighters battle the flames on the ground, fire experts look for signs that the weather or the wildfire might shift. They follow storm tracks, watch weather models and study the […]

What folks should do if a wildfire spotted

RBC I The Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit would like to thank people who have reported wildland fires, and offer tips to others who spot a wildland fire.

Firefighters prepared, ready to face ‘average’ fire season

RBC I The Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit is fully staffed and prepared for wildland fire response. New fire recruits as well as returning firefighters have been training and refurbishing equipment since mid-May.

State conference will look at real costs of fighting wildfires

GRAND JUNCTION I A host of wildland fire experts and local, state and federal fire managers will discuss the true cost of wildfire in Colorado communities at the Colorado Wildland Fire Conference, set for April 16-17 in Glenwood Springs.

Grants available to cut local fire risk

RBC I The Colorado Department of Natural Resources is accepting applications for a second round of awards under the Wildfire Risk Reduction Grant Program.

Reseeding planned in county

GRAND JUNCTION I (AP) The federal Bureau of Land Management is planning to reseed portions of areas where two wildfires burned this summer.

What to do if you spot a wildfire; prevention urged

The Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit would like to thank the people who have reported wildland fires.

BLM, vets, youth join to fight fires

Tara Earl is a member of the Rocky Mountain Youth Corp Veterans Fire Crew, which has been training to fight fires, has mitigated fire-supporting conditions and forage and has even fought a wildland fire in Rio Blanco County this summer.

Tara Earl is a member of the Rocky Mountain Youth Corp Veterans Fire Crew, which has been training to fight fires, has mitigated fire-supporting conditions and forage and has even fought a wildland fire in Rio Blanco County this summer.

Milk Creek Fire grows slowly, set for control

The Milk Creek Fire, 15 miles northeast of Meeker and 3.5 miles east of Yellow Jacket Pass, has grown very little and moved quite slowly for having been burning since July 4, said Ken Coffin, the district ranger for the Blanco Ranger District of the White River National Forest. “The Milk Creek fire … remains at approximately 112 acres,” Coffin said. “You’ll see in the photo that when the fire reached the aspen and green vegetation outside the sub-alpine fir patches, the fire spread was halted.”

MEEKER I The Milk Creek Fire, burning 15 miles northeast of Meeker and 3.5 miles east of Yellow Jacket Pass, has grown very little and moved quite slowly for having been burning since July 4, said Ken Coffin, the district ranger for the Blanco Ranger District of the White River National Forest.

Fire at Milk Creek burns wild, is being watched

RBC I The Milk Creek Fire, 15 miles northeast of Meeker and 3.5 miles east of Yellow Jacket Pass, was reported July 4. Attack resources responded immediately.

Support…

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This Helitack truck from Vale, Ore., is one of the many Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service vehicles visible all around Meeker, Rangely and Rio Blanco County as fire attack teams and support crews converged on the county to battle the Wild Rose Fire south of Rangely and the Collins Fire southwest of […]