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
STAGE 2 FIRE RESTRICTIONS
EFFECTIVE FRIDAY AUGUST 3RD, 2018
RIO BLANCO COUNTY

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

STAGE TWO RESTRICTIONS:
1. All open fires and campfires are prohibited except petroleum-fueled stoves, lanterns and heating devices that meet the underwriter's specifications for safety are permitted.
2. Smoking is restricted to enclosed vehicles and buildings.
3. All chainsaws and other internal combustion engines, including motorcycles and ATV's, must have spark arresting devices that are properly installed and in working order.
4. Use of explosives is prohibited.
5. Use of welding and cutting torch devices is prohibited.
6 Individual agencies may further restrict commercial activities not included in this plan such as construction, logging or oil and gas operations.

EXEMPTIONS:
Pursuant to 36 CFR 261.50 (e), the following persons are exempt from this order:
1. Persons with a permit specifically authorizing the prohibited act or omission.
2. Any Federal, State or Local Officer or member of an organized firefighting force in the performance of an official duty.
3. Residents owners and lessees of land within the restricted area exempt from no.1, provided such fires are within a residence.

This order becomes effective at 12:01 AM, August 3, 2018 and will remain in force until rescinded.

Done at Meeker, Colorado, this 31st day of July 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
• 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
• 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
• No welding or acetylene/other torch 

  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