Fire officials are reminding hunters and recreationists to be careful when using fire outdoors. With the end of the growing season and lack of recent rain vegetation is extremely dry and ready to burn. Recent wildland fires have been human-caused by faulty equipment and one roadside fire Continue reading
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A wildfire next to Highway 13, twelve miles north of Craig was quickly extinguished late Friday morning. The fire was believed to have been caused by sparks from a flat tire. The BLM, Moffat County Sheriff’s Department and the Craig Fire Department responded and contained the blaze to around a half acre. Photos from the fire courtesy of Doug Slaight.
Following a week of smoky and hazy conditions that have even set off smoke detectors, conditions for our area are expected to begin clearing today. The Air Quality Index (or AQI) for much of Northwest Colorado has been updated from “unhealthy” to “moderate”. Moderate air quality is defined as acceptable; however, there may be a moderate health concern for a very small number of people who are unusually Continue reading
A Red Flag Warning is in effect today for Northwest Colorado and South Central Wyoming. With gusty winds, low humidity and dry conditions forecast, there is potential for rapid fire spread should a wildfire get started As a result of the Red Flag Warning, your are encouraged to take Continue reading
According to the Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s Office, the Strawberry Fire two miles west of Meeker along County Road 7 was expected to be completely contained last night. The cause of the fire remains unknown at this time. The 130-acre fire occurred entirely on private land and threatened two private Continue reading
For a third day smoke and haze are expected. The haze hanging over our area is not due to local fires, but is the result of the number of large fires across the Pacific Northwest and Northern Rockies. The Air Quality Index (or AQI) for much of Northwest Colorado is in the “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups” range. The AQI is an index for reporting daily air quality. It tells you how clean or polluted your air Continue reading
The smoke and haze hanging over our area is not due to local fires. A haze is being caused the number of large fires across the Pacific Northwest and Northern Rockies. The U.S. Forest Service has identified over 80 large fires across the lower 48 states, mostly in Continue reading
This past weekend’s lightning resulted in 34 wildfires in Northwest Colorado. Only two of those blazes are uncontained. Fire crews are still working towards wrapping them up. Of the five fires reported yesterday Continue reading
Of the 20 wildland fires reported yesterday, three remain uncontained. The largest is the 87 acre Long Fire about 25 miles northwest of Meeker. It started on State land burned onto Bureau of Land Management land. Crews and equipment from the BLM, Rifle, Canyon City and the Continue reading
The National Weather Service in Grand Junction has issued a Red Flag Warning for Moffat and Rio Blanco counties in effect from 2 p.m. until 9 p.m. today (Monday). The Warning is due to gusty winds, low humidity and dry fuels. Winds out of the west are expected to gust up to 35 miles per hour. The combination of forecasted conditions creates the potential for rapid fire growth upon ignition and contributes to extreme fire behavior. Please refrain from using fire outdoors this afternoon and evening.
Of the 20 fires reported since Friday, 13 are now contained. Fire fighters worked throughout the weekend to gain the upper hand on the fires that were mostly lightning caused. Today crews will continue to assist Continue reading