RIO BLANCO COUNTY, Colorado (CBS4) – The Rio Blanco County oil well fire grew to 7,183 acres on Monday. Several agencies are fighting the fire, which is about 20 miles south of Rangely.
The fire caused by lightning was contained to 0% at 7 p.m. on Monday. Crews say the fire is still very active, with multiple point fires and smoke visible from Rangely, Meeker and all surrounding areas.
The evacuations are expected to continue until Tuesday, 8 p.m. The evacuation order extends from the Garfield County Line to 116 Rio Blanco County Road on the west side of Highway 139 and Rio Blanco County Roads 27, 28, 103, 26A, and 120 on the east side of Highway 139. Officials have set up an evacuation center at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 125 Eagle Crest in Rangely.
According to investigators, the fire broke out on June 18. Officials say dry conditions and wind are fueling the fire that destroyed an outbuilding.
Highway 139 is currently closed near the fire, along with the junction of County Road 23 at County Road 113 and County Road 122 at mile 10. Please visit the Rio Blanco County’s Facebook page for the latest information on the fire Sheriff’s office.