El Niño not helping West’s fire situation

RBC I On May 1, a devastating blaze erupted near Fort McMurray in eastern Alberta, Canada. By late May, it had engulfed more than 1.2 million acres of boreal forest—nearly double the size of Rhode Island. At the height of the fire, which was still burning at press time, more than 80,000 people were evacuated […]

Grants available to lessen fire dangers

RBC I The Colorado Department of Natural Resources is accepting applications for a fifth round of awards under the Wildfire Risk Reduction Grant Program. This phase will provide $1 million to reduce the risk of wildfire in areas where human development and forested lands overlap, often called the wildland-urban interface.

Letter to the Editor: Thank you to fire fighters on Strawberry Creek

Dear Editor: A huge, heartfelt “thank you” goes to all those responsible for battling the Strawberry Creek Fire.

Strawberry Fire scorches 130 acres, 12 vehicles; homes saved

MEEKER I A spark from a lightning strike may have lain dormant until high winds stirred an inferno Thursday afternoon as a quickly moving, wind-pushed fire scorched 130 acres of private land and one-tenth of an acre of BLM land on its way to some heavy property damage just off County Road 7.

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.