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Fire Destroys Home South Of Steamboat

A barbecue grill is believed to have caused a fire that destroyed a home Friday, in the Whitecotton neighborhood south of Steamboat Springs. Routt County Sheriff representative Kurtis Luster, confirmed that the grill is believed to have been left on by the homeowners, who were not at the residence when the fire occurred.  Neighbors Continue reading

New Fire North Of Meeker

There is a new fire burning near Rio Blanco County Road 9 north of Meeker. Multiple fire crews have responded to the Wilson Creek Fire, which was reported early Saturday Morning. The public is being asked not to call 911 to report Continue reading

Peekaboo Fire Now Over 11,000 Acres

The Peekaboo Fire increased again Friday, growing from 8,000 acres to an estimated 11,700 acres as of Friday night. Crews are looking to protect multiple ranch structures, Dinosaur National Monument and Continue reading

Mill Creek Fire Containment Increases

Crews continued to gain more control of the Mill Creek Fire burning north of Hayden in Routt County. The fire is now 30% contained and has grown to 460 acres. The fire management team sent out an alert yesterday to homeowners within 2 miles of the  fire, asking them to leave their property gates open, to allow crews Continue reading

Fire Closes Highway 40 Between Dinosaur and Skull Valley

U.S. Highway 40 has been closed between Dinosaur and Skull Valley (at 3:30pm Monday) because of the Dead Dog Fire burning to within ¼ mile of the highway. Rio Blanco County Road 1 is also closed and the small community of Blue Continue reading

Two Fires Ignite Near Rifle In 72 Hours

Smoke may still be visible from a wildfire that started Monday night southeast of Rifle. The fire was the result of a controlled burn on private property that flared up, threatening a home and barn and burning approximately 22 acres of land. Crews were able to save both buildings. As of Continue reading

Animal Nest Causes Car To Catch Fire

An animal nest is believed to have caused a vehicle fire yesterday afternoon in Steamboat. The vehicle had reportedly been in storage for a period of time before it was driven yesterday. The driver was able to pull the vehicle over and exit safely, after smoke became visible in the cab of the car. Other drivers in Continue reading

Cutting Torches Cause Grass Fire

A grass fire near the Empire Mine yesterday afternoon was caused by part of the decommissioning process of the mine. Crews are currently using cutting torches to break up the metal infrastructure of the mine. High winds yesterday lead to sparks from the torches igniting a small grass Continue reading

Telephone Pole Fire May Have Been Intentional

Craig Firefighters responded to a telephone pole that was on fire Tuesday morning on School Street in Craig. According to Battalion Commander Troy Hampton, a homeowner near the pole discovered the fire and put it out utilizing a personal fire extinguisher. Yampa Valley Electric crews were called in to Continue reading

Fire Near Buford 100% Contained

Favorable weather conditions Wednesday allowed crews to make good progress controlling the wildfire burning off Rio Blanco County Road 8, near Buford. The fire was the result of a private burn that got out of control. As of seven Wednesday night the Continue reading

Explosion And Fire South Of Craig

A small explosion and fire at an oil well pumping station 4 miles East of Hamilton off of highway 317, was determined to have been caused by an equipment malfunction. The fire was reported just after 12:30 Thursday afternoon. Craig firefighters assisted the site manager to shut off the flow of crude oil which stopped the fire. The amount of damage to Continue reading

Murdoch’s In Craig Evacuated

The Murdoch’s store in Craig was evacuated for a period of time Wednesday morning, due to a gas leak. Employees working in the warehouse in the back of the store reported the smell of gas. After shutting off the main gas line into the store, firefighters Continue reading