Drought and Wildfire

Oil Springs Fire Too Close to Nat Gas Plant for Comfort

Jul 15, 2021
Lucas Turner, Rio Blanco Herald

The Oil Springs Fire, south of Rangely, burned more than 12,000 acres, beginning in June, and is now 99% contained. Drought conditions and heavy winds fueled extreme fire behavior for over 2 weeks that threatened a natural gas processing facility. Lucas Turner, of the Rio Blanco Herald in Meeker, has this report.

Health Advisory in Effect for Garfield County

Jun 20, 2021
Amy Hadden Marsh/KDNK

Extreme Drought = Increased Wildfire Risk

Jun 14, 2021
Wildfire smoke in Colorado

This is the 22nd consecutive year of drought in the Colorado River Basin. And, with extreme drought conditions comes increased risk of wildfires. From KSJD in Southwest Colorado, public health reporter Tay Glass explores the dangers of wildfire smoke and ways to mitigate its negative health effects.