BLM sets fire restrictions in NW Colorado

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.

Fire suppression grant available

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 State Park and hatchery reopen after Ward Gulch Fire

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.

Fires spring up around Rio Blanco County

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.

Fire season delayed by damp weather

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.

Fire danger low, but caution urged

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 […]

Tipton forest bill clears panel with local support

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.

Reduce wildfire risk now

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 […]

Controlled burn…


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.

Address wildfire mitigation now

RBC I With the ongoing drought, low snowpack, recent brush fires and red flag warnings, the Colorado State Forest Service reminds landowners to prepare their homes now for possible wildfire.

Wildland firefighting workshop

RBC I The White River National Forest (WRNF) is hosting a free workshop for small businesses interested in contracting with the Forest Service to provide equipment, supplies and/or food support to wildland firefighting efforts.

Amendment would restore $653 million to fund

RBC I Senators Mark Udall (D-Colo.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) have introduced an amendment to the Supplemental Appropriation for Disaster Assistance to ensure that the U.S. Forest Service is adequately prepared to confront what is expected to be another severe wildfire season in the West.