MINERAL COUNTY– The Goose Creek Fire was reported at approximately 1:15 Sunday, June 28. It is burning several miles west of the Town of South Fork. The fire is burning in steep and rugged terrain near the top of the slope in the Goose Creek drainage, south of Lake Humphreys. Helicopters conducted numerous water drops on the fire June 28. The size of the fire the morning of June 29 was approximately 115 acres.
Monday, June 29 a Type 3 Incident Management Team (IMT) is managing the fire. Plans include a continued air attack with helicopters. Ground crews are developing alternative access options since the best access is near the top of the drainage and poses too high of a risk to firefighter safety.
The Rio Grande National Forest is currently under Stage 2 fire restrictions due to 0 percent of normal snowpack and severe drought conditions.
The following acts are prohibited on all National Forest System lands within the Rio Grande National Forest located within Alamosa, Archuleta, Conejos, Hinsdale, Mineral Rio Grande, Saguache and San Juan Counties, State of Colorado, ("the Restricted Area") and on all roads and trails located with the Restricted Area.
The purpose of this Order is to protect public health, safety, and natural resources by preventing wildfires.
PROHIBITIONS: This Order prohibits the following acts in the Restricted Area: