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Horse Fire

Unit Information

San Juan National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
15 Burnett Court
Durango, CO 81301

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Pima Type 2 crew heading in to continue burnout operations along the Forest Service 730 Road on the morning of September 19, 2018. Photo by Fred Ellis, Operations ChiefImage options: [ Full Size ]

The fire remains at 705 acres and is now 70% contained. There are interior pockets of snags which continue to burn and produce some smoke. The weather continues to be unseasonably hot and dry. The Horse Fire area closure remains in place until further notice.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginTuesday August 28th, 2018 approx. 01:00 PM
Location16 miles west of Pagosa Springs
Incident CommanderTristan Kiehl ICT4
Coordinates37.304 latitude, -107.3 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel108
Size705 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Estimated Containment DateWednesday October 10th, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (litter and understory); Brush (2 feet)

Significant Events

Moderate fire behavior with backing, creeping, and smoldering.


Planned Actions

Hold and improve all containment lines.

Projected Incident Activity

Keep the fire west of the Devil Mountain Trail, north of the Horse Mountain Trail and west and south of the West Monument Road, and east of Horse Creek Springs. Continue burnout ops with the potential for additional movement.


Interior pockets of snags continue to burn producing visible smoke from Pagosa Springs. Smoke will be visible until significant moisture is received.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Expect temperatures to rise and drier air returning with high winds expected over the weekend.