Wild Rose Fire burns 1,000 acres in Rio Blanco County

RANGLEY, Colo. - The Wild Rose Fire is burning on the west side of Texas Mountain in Rio Blanco County, spreading primarily to the east.

High winds have pushed the fire through the pinion and juniper trees and the fire had burned 1,000 acres by Thursday evening.

Earlier, about 40 kids and six adults were asked to leave a youth camp south of Rangely. Officials said the  camp was in no immediate danger but was evacuated due to high winds. No other evacuations were immediately ordered.

The three assigned hot shot crews have made good progress constructing fire line with air support from a large air tanker dropping retardant and water drops from helicopters.

All oil and gas facilities are shut down and Encana employees have left the area. The Rangely Volunteer Fire Department is providing fire protection for the buildings at the Encana station.

For public and fire fighter safety road closures are in place and being managed by Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s Office and RBC Road and Bridge. Road Closures: Rio Blanco County Road 116 closed from Highway 139 to RBCR 113; RBCR 107 closed from Highway 139 to RBCR 116. 

A Rocky Mountain Type 2 Incident Management Team has been ordered to assist with the management of the Wild Rose Fire. The IMT is anticipated arrive tomorrow afternoon.

“Delegating management of our largest incident to the Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team will allow us to focus on existing and new wildfires,” said Jim Michels Northwest Colorado Fire Management Duty Officer.

There are two other smaller wildland fires in Rio Blanco County.  One is in the Piceance Basin about 40 miles southwest of Meeker in Ryan Gulch on BLM land. Meeker Volunteer Fire Department is assisting with the five acre fire through a mutual aid agreement. The other wildfire is one tenth acre across Highway 139 near the Wild Rose Fire. 

No injuries reported. No structures reported damaged or destroyed.

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