SW Colorado Fire Update – October 23, 2012
Two 20-person hotshot crews continue to monitor, improve dozer lines and conduct mop-up operations on the Vallecito Fire. Crews have completed dozer line between the fire and populated areas. The fire is holding steady at 222 acres with 25 percent containment. Firefighters will remain onsite to monitor the fire’s behavior and call for aircraft as needed. A type 3 helicopter and single engine air tanker are available, if needed.
Smoke from the Goblin Fire yesterday resulted from pockets of interior fuels continuing to burn high on the upper slopes of the West Needles in the Weminuche Wilderness. The acreage is still reported at 700 acres. Due to steep terrain and unsafe conditions, firefighters are confining the fire within certain parameters. Two firefighters will be on scene for the next several days to monitor the fire’s growth and behavior.
The weather forecast is for higher humidity, cooler temperatures and possible wind. Some light precipitation has been reported over the last 24 hours on the Goblin Fire, but the main portion of a front coming through is not expected to reach southwestern Colorado.