Goblin Fire reaches Weminuche Wilderness

Rain, snow could slow progress

Rain and possibly snow at week’s end could aid firefighters on the Goblin Fire two miles south of Needleton, north of Durango. Steep, rocky slopes prevent a ground attack there.

Three U.S. Forest Service firefighters do what they can, but there’s been no effort at containment, agency spokeswoman Ann Bond said.

The blaze, which fire managers believe was caused by an ember from a Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad locomotive, was estimated at 110 acres Tuesday. The day before it had spread only 2 acres, to 42 acres.

The fire is burning upslope into the West Needles addition to the Weminuche Wilderness, Bond said.

A National Weather Service forecast sees a chance of thunderstorms in the mountains Thursday, increasing to possible rain and snow Thursday night. The forecast says rain and snow are likely Friday and possible Saturday.

A U.S. Forest Service investigator has determined that the Big Bend Fire that burned 8 acres in the national forest on a bluff overlooking the Dolores Cemetery above McPhee Reservoir was caused by people.

The fire was reported Oct. 6, Bond said. Evidence indicates that people driving golf balls in the area could have information about the fire.

Anyone who knows the individuals or how the fire started can call Special Agent Brenda Shultz at 385-1311, Bond said.

The Cinnamon Bear Fire southeast of Pagosa Springs was fully contained Tuesday morning at 85 acres. A hot-shot crew and a helicopter will remain on scene for mop-up.


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