BLM optimistic fire will burn out soon


Officials with the Bureau of Land Management are optimistic that a blend of humidity and rain will continue to lessen the intensity of the Goodman Fire, a wildfire that began Friday, 42 miles north of Dinosaur.

"We're hopeful that with today's moisture and forecasts for more in the next couple of days, it'll burn itself out in the next few days," said David Boyd, BLM public affairs specialist for Northwest Colorado.

Lightning in Northwest Col--orado ignited the Goodman Fire. Since then it has been burning pinyon, juniper and sagebrush on Cold Spring Moun--tain.

Boyd said the fire is in a remote area and has not caused any damage to property. As of Monday afternoon, the fire was 40 percent contained, the BLM reported.

"On about 40 percent, it's got a cold edge or it's not going anywhere," Boyd said. "There isn't much activity."

The BLM is using a confine/contain strategy, which means crews will continue to monitor the fire without actively suppressing it. The BLM deemed the strategy the most effective because of the fire's remote location, inaccessible terrain, lack of threat to other structures and availability of resources.

Natural barriers to assist in containment also contributed to the decision, Boyd said. Suppression efforts will begin if the fire moves past established perimeters.

"Firefighters are out there watching it to make sure it doesn't get past an established perimeter," Boyd said.

The closest structure to the Goodman Fire is a Colorado Department of Wildlife cabin less than a mile away, Boyd said.

Officials flew over the fire Monday afternoon, gauging its spread. They increased the estimate of scorched acres from 788 acres to 950.

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