Rio Grande National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1803 W. Highway 160
Monte Vista, CO 81144
Creede, Colo., July 1, 2020 – Heavy lift helicopters will continue to drop water today on the still-smoldering Goose Creek Fire in the Weminuche Wilderness Area. Two helicopters made an estimated 40 water drops on hot spots Tuesday. Drawing from the nearby Lake Humphreys, the pilots are able to make quick turnarounds and get more water on the fire before they have to refuel. High winds can keep the helicopters grounded but today’s plan calls for their continued use, conditions permitting.
Firefighters on the ground have been assessing structures at the Humphreys Ranch and preparing trails near the fire in case those trails might be needed for access to the fire or as fire lines. “There is currently no threat to structures” says Incident Commander Derrick Rader, “but it’s prudent to look ahead and make contingency plans in case the fire activity should increase,” Rader added. Still estimated at 149 acres, containment is now 20%. In addition to the helicopters, 108 people are assigned, along with engines and support personnel.
An incident-specific web page on this fire is on Inciweb at: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6812/
Fire danger remains very high across the Rio Grande National Forest and Stage 2 fire restrictions remain in place. With the Fourth of July approaching, residents and visitors are reminded to be exceedingly careful with anything that could spark a new fire.
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