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Goose Creek Fire

Unit Information

Rio Grande National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1803 W. Highway 160
Monte Vista, CO 81144

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Flames rise from the ground at the base of trees. A line of soil acting as a control line is adjacent to the fire.Image options: [ Full Size ]

Update: Friday, September 11, 2020
The Goose Creek Fire was declared contained on September 10th, 2020 at 6:00pm. The fire received significant heavy snow.
There will be no further updates unless new activity occurs.

Update: Friday, August 14, 2020

Little precipitation over the past couple of weeks in the fire area has provide ample opportunity for any remaining heat to rekindle unburned fuels on the Goose Creek Fire, and that has not happened. In fact, there hasn’t been any known activity for several weeks. As a result, fire managers have increased containment to 85% and extended the expected containment date to September 3, 2020.

However, please understand that the fire is not out yet. Pockets of heat may still be present and could provide the potential to cause a flare-up, when conditions become favorable. This is a normal process and RGNF fire managers have established trigger points for taking actions if/when fire activity increases.

Initially reported on Sunday, June 28th, this lightning-caused fire is located in the Weminuche Wilderness Area near Lake Humphreys. Helicopters made hundreds of water drops between June 28th and July 2nd to effectively slow the growth of the fire. The high hazard component of this fire was a primary concern for firefighter safety and crews only engaged in limited direct line construction.

A Type 3 Incident Management Team managed the fire for two weeks then transferred command back to RGNF Fire Management who are currently monitoring the fire by ground and a web cam.

There will be no further updates unless significant activity occurs.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginSunday June 28th, 2020 approx. 01:00 PM
Location13 miles south of Creede, CO.
Incident CommanderRGNF Fire Management
Coordinates37.654 latitude, -106.86 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel3
Size171 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Fuels Involved

Timber (Litter and Understory)

Timber (Grass and Understory)

Snags in old burn scar, steep inaccessible terrain, wilderness.

Significant Events

No fire activity has been observed over the last month.


Projected Incident Activity

Trigger points have been established and firefighters will take necessary actions if fire behavior reaches those points.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns