Emergency Management

Emergency Management works to protect lives and property in Rio Blanco County through effective emergency management practices and procedures.  The office coordinates with local response agencies to prepare for, mitigate, respond to and recover from natural or human caused emergency situations.

SERVICES

Emergency Management leads, manages and coordinates local-level actions for all-hazards preparedness, natural hazards mitigation, emergency response and disaster recovery in support of the incorporated towns and emergency service providers in Rio Blanco County. 

ORDER
FIRE RESTRICTIONS
EFFECTIVE FRIDAY JUNE 29TH AT 8:00 AM
RIO BLANCO COUNTY

Pursuant to Rio Blanco County Resolution 2015-15 the following acts are prohibited in Rio
Blanco County.

PROHIBITIONS:

Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire or campfire except within a developed recreation site, or improved site 36CFR261.52(a)

Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials. 36CFR261.52(d)

Welding, or operating an acetylene or other torch with open flame except within an area that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials at least ten feet on all sides from the equipment. 36CFR261.52(i)

Operating or using any internal combustion engine without a spark arresting device properly installed, maintained, and in effective working order meeting either the USDA Forest Service Standard 5100-1 (as amended), or appropriate Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) recommended practice J335(b) and J350(a) (36 CFR 261.52(j)).

Possessing, discharging, or using any kind of firework or other pyrotechnic device 36CFR261.52(f)
Using an explosive. 36CFR261.52(b)

EXEMPTIONS:

Persons with a permit specifically authorizing the prohibited act or omission.

Any Federal, State or Local Officer or member of an organized firefighting force in the performance of an official duty.

Residents owners and lessee of land within the restricted area exempt from No.l, provided such fires are within a residence.

ACTIONS PERMITTED

Fires in constructed, permanently installed fire pits or fire grates within developed recreation sites. Does not include constructed rock fire rings.

Mechanical stoves and appliances fueled by bottled or liquid gas which allow the operator to control or extinguish the flame with a valve are permitted provided that such devices are approved by Underwritters Laboratory Inc.

This order becomes effective at 8:00 AM, June 29 2018 and will remain in force until rescinded.

Done at Meeker, Colorado, this 26th day of June 2018

Violations of these regulations could be punishable as a Class 6 felony 18-13-109(2)(a)

Anthony Mazzola
Sheriff Rio Blanco County, Colorado

WHAT IS ALLOWED
• Campfires within designated fire grates in developed campgrounds (i.e., a metal, in-ground containment structure
• Stoves fuel by liquid petroleum or gas
• Operating or using any internal engine, such as chainsaws and OHV’s, must have a spark arrestor device. 
• Safely enjoying your public lands

WHAT IS NOT ALLOWED
• No fires of any type, including charcoal, outside of developed areas 
• No fire pans and or fires in rock campfire rings
• The personal use of ALL fireworks are prohibited during fire restrictions. 
• No smoking except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or in a barren area free of vegetation 
• No welding or acetylene/other torch except within an area that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials at least ten feet on all sides of equipment.

  1. Emergency Contacts
  2. Emergency Notifications
  3. Emergency Preparedness
  4. Emergency Operations Plan
Emergencies: Call 9-1-1 or 970-878-9600

SHERIFF'S OFFICE:
 
Rio Blanco County Sheriff's Office

555 Main Street / PO Box 1460 
Meeker, CO 81641
 
Phone: 970-878-9600  
 Fax: 970-878-3127  
 Sheriff: Anthony Mazzola  


POLICE DEPARTMENTS:
 
Meeker Police Department
Rangely Police Department
345 Main Street
Meeker, CO 81641
209 E. Main
Rangely, CO 81648
Phone: 970-878-5555
Phone: 970-675-8466
Chief: Phil Stubblefield
Chief: Vince Wilczek


FIRE:
 
Rio Blanco Fire Protection District
Rangely Fire District                    
236 7th Street / P.O. Box 737
Meeker, CO 81641
115 Nichols Street
Rangely, CO 81648
Phone: 970-878-3443
Phone: 970-675-5093
Chief: Terry Skidmore
Chief: Andy Shaffer


AMBULANCE:
Rio Blanco Fire Protection District
Rangely District Hospital             
236 7th Street / P.O. Box 737
Meeker, CO 81641
225 Eagle Crest Drive
Rangely, CO 81648
Phone: 970-878-3443
Phone: 970-675-5011
Chief: Terry Skidmore
EMS Director: Shanna Kinney