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. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Helitack provides attack

The Teton Helitack crew from the Bridger Teton National Forest out of Jackson, Wyo., spent 14 days camped at the Meeker Airport and responded to 15 fires during their stay. The crew included helicopter crew members Nic Glatt and Kate Ball, helicopter mechanic fuel truck driver Randy ??, crew members Chris Edwards and Philip Brass, squad leader Matt Lancaster, crew supervisor David A. Gomez and helicopter pilot Steve Wilson, with Helicopter Express.

RBC I The Teton Helitack team from Jackson, Wyo., first came to Rio Blanco County July 22, to help with the Powell fire.