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. Share on Facebook

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. In Rangely, call 675-8466; in […]

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. Share on Facebook

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. Share on Facebook

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. Share on Facebook

Smoke seen south of Rangely

RANGELY I Smoke visible to the south of Rangely this week was the result of a plan by the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit to burn approximately 180 piles of pinyon/juniper slash accumulated during a thinning project. Share on Facebook

Wildfire hazard reduction

RBC I The Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service plan to issue multiple contracts for a wide range of fuels management reduction work to reduce the risk of wildland fires. Share on Facebook

Middle Elk fire area closed for safety reasons

MEEKER I The Middle Elk Fire on the Blanco Ranger District is located some 30 miles north of New Castle, Colo., to the west of the Buford New Castle Road at Hiner Springs. Share on Facebook

Middle Elk fire area closed

MEEKER I The Middle Elk Fire on the Blanco Ranger District is located some 30 miles north of New Castle, Colo., to the west of the Buford New Castle Road at Hiner Springs. For safety reasons the area of the fire remains closed at this time. Share on Facebook

Fire near Buford/New Castle Rd.

RBC I The Middle Elk Fire had increased from 100 acres to 212 as of Sept. 24. It is burning in rough terrain in thick mixed conifer and aspen on the west side of the Buford/New Castle Road near Hiner Spring on the Flat Tops. Share on Facebook