Rio Grande National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1803 W. Highway 160
Monte Vista, CO 81144
Creede, Colo., July 2, 2020 – From mid-morning to early evening, three heavy helicopters made effective water drops on the Goose Creek Fire on Wednesday. Containment on the fire is now estimated at 35% and the acreage is unchanged at 149 acres. “Our firefighting pilots have been doing a great job keeping the fire in check,” says Incident Commander Derrick Rader. “We are very fortunate to have them.” When multiple fires are burning, resources such as heavy helicopters are not always available.
The Goose Creek Fire is located on a steep ridge within the Weminuche Wilderness Area and in a place that would be difficult and dangerous for firefighters on the ground to access. Because of continued suppression efforts, the fire has been putting off minimal smoke. No roads or trails are currently closed and no structures are immediately threatened. 113 people are assigned to the fire, including engines, one medium and one light helicopter and support personnel.
An incident-specific web page on this fire is on Inciweb at: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6812/
Due to anticipated low fire activity, the next news release update may be several days from now. Interested parties are encouraged to continue to monitor Inciweb and Facebook for information.
Fire danger remains very high across the Rio Grande National Forest and Stage 2 fire restrictions remain in place. Visitors and residents are encouraged to be careful with anything that might start a new fire.
For additional information follow the Rio Grande National Forest on Face book at: https://www.facebook.com/USFSRGNF/ and Twitter @RioGrandeUSFS
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