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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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Incident Contact

Horse Fire Information
Phone: 970-765-0592
Hours: M-F 8-5

Highlighted Activity

09/15/2018 Horse Fire Closure Saturday September 15 2018
United States Department of Agriculture News Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 15, 2018Horse Fire Update...
Closure - 09/15/2018
Burned and unburned aspen within the fire area. This stand has a heavy component of dead and dying aspen making for very hazardous conditions. Photo by Mark Adams, IC TraineeImage options: [ Full Size ]

Due to abnormally hot and dry conditions, the fire resumed an eastward progression towards Horse Mountain over the past several days. There remain areas of unburned fuels and active fire within the burn area, which has led to the decrease in containment.

Prolonged hot and dry conditions persist over a very dry year. Please remember to be careful while recreating and be sure that all campfires are out cold before you leave.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginTuesday August 28th, 2018 approx. 01:00 PM
Location16 miles west of Pagosa Springs
Incident CommanderJay Godson ICT3
Coordinates37.304 latitude, -107.3 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel129
Size558 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained50%
Estimated Containment DateSunday September 30th, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

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

Significant Events

The fire is actively burning with runs, torching, and backing.


Planned Actions

Resources will continue burnout operations to box the fire in to reinforce contingency 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.


Fire behavior is active in the afternoons with short runs due to unseasonable weather conditions.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Expecting the seasonable hot dry conditions to continue with some gusty winds. Also expecting possible thunderstorms with erratic winds.