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 […]
RBC I Superintendent Mary Risser stated that restrictions on open fires went into effect on Tuesday for the entire monument. “The extremely dry conditions along with large amounts of flammable vegetation have created a high fire danger situation,” she said. “As recent fires in the monument have shown, conditions are ripe for fires to break […]
RBC I Despite already being thrust into the field to battle wildfires, annual wildland fire training is continuing for new recruits and returning seasonal firefighters in northwest Colorado. After a relatively moist spring, firefighters are already experiencing an above-average start to the fire season this year. The five-year average for the Northwest Colorado Unit is […]
RBC I Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit has announced that many Bureau of Land Management lands in Northwest Colorado have already entered into fire restrictions to lessen the chance of human-caused wildfires.
RBC I The Colorado Department of Natural Resources is accepting applications for a new Wildfire Risk Reduction Grant Program that provides $9.8 million in grants to reduce the risk of wildfire in areas where human development and forested lands overlap.
RIFLE I After being closed due to the Ward Gulch Fire, Colorado State Highway 325 reopened late Monday night, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife reported Tuesday that the public now has full access to Rifle Falls State Park and the Rifle Falls Fish Hatchery.
RBC I Fires continue to spring up around Rio Blanco County with fires in and near Dinosaur National Park and others in the Piceance Basin as of Wednesday.
RBC I Usually a delay means something is wrong, but good news arrived with the abundance of precipitation in May, meaning that the fire season in the White River Basin will likely be delayed from the earlier-predicted June start to at least July or August.
RBC | Fire danger is low in Rio Blanco County, which means the current potential for large intense wildfires is at a minimum. However fire safety always needs to be observed as lighter vegetation, like grass and brush, can dry out quickly and when combined with dead vegetation from last year, can easily catch and […]
RBC I U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton’s (CO-03) legislation to allow greater state and local involvement in proactive wildfire prevention on federal lands cleared the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation on Thursday, April 11.
RBC I The 2012 wildfire season was the worst in Colorado history, with more than 650 homes destroyed in four major fires, six fatalities and damage estimates in excess of $500 million. Suggestions are being offered by the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) to help rural landowners help protect themselves from a repeat of […]
With warmer weather melting much of the snow and exposing last fall’s brush, grass and debris, area residents are beginning to burn off dead brush and leaves, such as this recent small controlled burn near Rangely. County law enforcement agencies remind residents to contact them before a burn takes place. In Rangely, call 675-8466; in […]