Emergency Management

Fire restrictions begin Friday, July 7 due to High Fire Danger

Meeker, Colo. - Stage 1 fire restrictions begin at 12:01 a.m. Friday, July 7 for the White River National Forest,  Bureau of Land Management-administered lands, unincorporated and private lands in Summit, Eagle and Rio Blanco counties. Stage 1 fire restrictions are already in effect in Mesa, Garfield, and Pitkin counties.

Fire managers base decisions about fire restrictions on specific moisture measurements in vegetation and other risk factors such as predicted weather and amount of current fire activity.

The BLM, USFS, and Summit, Eagle and Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s Offices will be enforcing the following temporary restrictions:

  • Campfires are only allowed within designated fire grates in developed campgrounds (i.e., a metal, in-ground containment structure -- fire pans and rock campfire rings are not acceptable).
  • No fires of any type, including charcoal, outside of developed areas.
  • No smoking except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or in a barren area free of vegetation.
  • No welding or operation of an acetylene or other similar torch with open flame except from an area that has been cleared of vegetation.
  • No operation of any internal combustion engine without a spark arresting device properly installed and in working order.

Fireworks are always prohibited on BLM, National Forest and National Park Service lands.

Fire restrictions on these lands will be in place until further notice. Those found responsible for starting wildfires will also face restitution costs of suppressing the fire.

 For more information about fire restrictions in these areas, go to:

Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire and Aviation Management Unit

Ri Blanco County Sheriff's Office or Rio Blanco County Sheriff's Office Facebook or Download Rio Blanco County's app with this QR Code.

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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.


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

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  

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: Bob Hervey
Chief: Vince Wilczek

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

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