Two wildfires burning in area

MEEKER I This past weekend’s lightning burst resulted in 34 wildfires in Northwest Colorado, but only two of those blazes are uncontained as of late Tuesday and wildland fire crews and engines are working towards wrapping them up.

Smoke is from Canadian fires

RBC I It has been tough to miss the haze in the air the past 10 days around Northwest Colorado, but the good news, a government officials has reported, the smoke is not from fires in Northwest Colorado, Southern Wyoming or Eastern Utah, but likely Canada.

Union lends hand…


Fire season in Colorado and Wyoming is picking up and Union Wireless is helping to keep the dedicated firefighters connected via wireless communications for their safety and security.

Firefighters gaining on fires

An aerial view of the East Tschuddi fire in Rio Blanco County.

RBC I Firefighters had made progress as of Wednesday in battling the Citadel and East Tschuddi fires in Moffat and Rio Blanco counties, respectively. The fires were continuing to grow slowly, but containment has increased. Minimal fire activity occurred at the fire sites on Tuesday as crews worked to keep them within their respective planning […]

Fires now contained…

Helicopter pilot J.T. Theis of Vale, Ore., flies toward Meeker Airport, sliding between the moon and the horizon as he flies a helicopter owned by Hillcrest Aircraft Co. of Lewiston, Idaho on Saturday.

Complete fire ban in county

RBC I Effective as of Monday morning, Rio Blanco County and the Town of Meeker had instituted Stage One Fire Restrictions for the entire county.

Limit fire danger with mitigation tips

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 state Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) to help rural landowners help protect themselves from a repeat of […]

Tipton pushes local forest control

RBC I Rep. Scott Tipton (CO-03) stressed the need for increased state and local involvement to help address the hazardous condition of forests on federal lands during a Western Caucus field hearing that took place Thursday at the Colorado State Capitol.

Fires burn more than 1,600 acres in Rio Blanco County

Smoke from the lightning-sparked Powell fire five miles northwest of Meeker could be seen from miles around. The fire has burned approximately 900 acres, including private and BLM land, part of which is on a Wilderness Study Area. The fire was 100 percent contained as of Tuesday.

RBC I Lightning started the Powell and Little Duck fires in Rio Blanco County last week, burning more than 1,600 acres before monsoon rains helped more than 200 firefighters and a Type II fire management team contain the blazes.

Small fires flare up over weekend

RBC I Fire crews from the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit have responded to several small fires in Rio Blanco and Moffat counties.