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. He had been working with a BLM crew on the Collins Fire in the Piceance Basim, 17 miles southwest of Meeker. According to fire management officials in their last reports issued Tuesday before returning to their home bases, the Collins Fire had burned 380 acres of pinion pine/juniper and was 90 percent contained. The Wild Rose Fire, 20 miles south of Rangely, had burned 1,067 acres of mostly juniper and was deemed to be 95 percent contained. Reportedly, both fires were caused by lightning and no structures were lost.
Cooler temperatures, higher relative humidity and some precipitation received last night and this morning are expected to reduce fire behavior today. The Cabin Lake Fire, 5.5 miles south of Buford, Colo., and 7 miles northwest […]
MEEKER I The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comment on a proposal to lease approximately 2,592 acres of federal coal reserves beneath BLM managed lands in Rio Blanco County, Colo., adjacent to the […]