Tag Archives: Rio Blanco

UPDATE: New Fire Starts, 3 Others Continue To Burn

Lightning ignited another fire in Northwest Colorado over the weekend near Maybell. The Pine Tree Fire was reported Saturday and as of Monday morning, had consumed more than 4,400 acres and was 0% contained.  The fire has Continue reading

Health Advisory Issued Due To Smoke

An air quality health advisory has been issued for areas of central and northwest Colorado, including Moffat, Routt and Rio Blanco County. Smoke from the Big Red and Deep Creek fires, which are burning in Routt County, is Continue reading

Senator Bennet Adviser In Craig Today To Discuss Coal Communities Empowerment Act

Charlie Anderson, a Senior Policy Adviser for US Senator Michael Bennet, will be in Craig this afternoon (Aug 11) to provide details on the Coal Communities Empowerment Act that Bennet introduced in the Senate last week. The Act would designate 90 counties Continue reading

Coal Community Empowerment Act introduced

Legislation has been introduced in the United States Senate that would help spur investment, workforce training, economic growth and job creation in rural coal communities. The Coal Community Empowerment Act introduced last week by Continue reading

UPDATE: Crews Continue To Battle Fires Near Meeker

Crews are continuing to battle the Wilson and Deer Gulch fires burning in Rio Blanco County near Meeker. The Wilson fire burning near Rio Blanco County Road 9 is estimated at 350 acres and is 25% contained, while the Deer Gulch Fire burning near Continue reading

Routt National Forest Fire Restrictions Instituted

Along with the fire restrictions that have been instituted in Moffat County and for lands managed by the BLM’s White River Field Office, Stage 1 fire restrictions are now in place for the entirety of the Routt National Forest. The restrictions pertain to lands located in Garfield, Grand, Jackson, Moffat, Rio Blanco, and Routt Counties. The restrictions are Continue reading

UPDATE: Two Wildfires Burning Near Meeker

Two new fires started over the weekend in Rio Blanco County near Meeker. The lightning started Wilson Fire is burning near Rio Blanco County Road 9 north of Meeker. The fire, which was reported early Saturday morning, is now Continue reading

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions Instituted

With multiple wildfires burning in Northwest Colorado, Stage 1 fire restrictions have been instituted for public lands managed by the BLM’s White River Field Office, as well as for the portions of the Routt National forest located in Garfield and Rio Blanco Counties. The restrictions will also affect a small portion of southern Moffat County, which is Continue reading

Dead Dog Fire 95% Contained

Crews made good progress again yesterday controlling the Dead Dog Fire, increasing containment from 60 to 95%. The fire has not grown significantly over the last couple of days and is estimated at just under 28 square miles. The majority of the fire, or 89% occurred on BLM lands, with only 9% Continue reading

MOCO Supports Amending Sage Grouse Plan

The changes Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is considering making to the Sage Grouse Management in the U.S. will most likely be less severe than previously thought. Reports are now that Zinke is looking to modify the existing plan as opposed to scrapping the whole plan and starting over. He is said to be considering modifications to incorporate Continue reading

MOCO Joins Law Suit Concerning Sage Grouse

Moffat County has joined a lawsuit against the BLM regarding its plan for Greater Sage Grouse management in Northwest Colorado. At their meeting yesterday, the Moffat County Commissioners entered into an agreement with Garfield, Jackson, and Rio Blanco counties to split the litigation expenses for the lawsuit. Garfield County will cover the majority of the Continue reading

Commissioner Beck Named Chairman Of AGNC

Moffat County Commissioner Ray Beck has been named Chairman of the Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado. Beck Continue reading