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Agricultural burn becomes out of control in Meeker, grows to 890 acres on private land

Agricultural burn April 12 2021_Rio Blanco Sheriff’s Office
Posted at 9:56 AM, Apr 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-16 08:49:30-04

UPDATE | Thursday,, 5:39 a.m. — An agricultural burn in Meeker that grew out of control Sunday and burned almost 900 acres is now 100% contained.


UPDATE | Wednesday, 4:30 a.m. — This fire is now 80% contained.

RIO BLANCO COUNTY, Colo. — An agricultural burn in Meeker grew out of control and has burned 890 acres as of Monday evening.

On Sunday at 1:06 p.m., Rio Blanco County Communications Center received a 911 call about an out-of-control agricultural burn near the eight-mile mark on County Road 8, the Rio Grande County Sheriff's Office said.

Several agencies — including the Meeker Volunteer Fire Department, Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s Office, Emergency Management, Rio Blanco County Road and Bridge, and Bureau of Land Management — responded to the fire.

Crews worked through the night conducting backburns, the sheriff's office said.

As of Monday morning, no structures had been damaged.

The fire is still burning. It is 60% contained and entirely on private land.

Additional ground crews will arrive Monday to help.