Horse Fire Update

Posted on 19-09-2018 , by: PFPD , in , 0 Comments

September 19, 2018

Fire Status                                                                                                   Resources

Acres Burned: 558 Acres                                                                       Total Personnel: 129 including 4 hand crews, 3 engines

Cause: Lightning                                                                                       1 dozer, 1 water tender, and 2 helicopters.

Closures: Area, road, and trail closures are in place

Injuries: 0

Containment: 50%


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.

Incident Summary: The Horse Fire is located 16 miles northwest of Pagosa Springs, Colorado and 8 miles north of highway 160. The fire was started by a lightning strike that was discovered on Tuesday August 28. The fire is burning on steep rugged terrain in dense oak brush and aspen with pockets of mixed conifers.

Current Situation: Yesterday, the fire made uphill runs in the oak and aspen with some torching and backing down hillsides. Firefighters continued firing operations along the dozer line near Horse Mountain Springs. There was some spotting, which was contained and firefighters actively patrolled and mopped up hotspots. Today, firefighters will resume firing operations with the objective to continue to secure the dozer line.

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 ha sled to the decrease in containment.

Weather Outlook: A southwest flow will persist across the fire area through today ahead of an approaching cold front, which will move into the area by early Thursday. Scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected in the afternoon accompanied by gusty and erratic winds. Temperatures will be in the mid-60s. Relative humidity will range from 35-40% during the day and increasing to 86-91% in the evening. Winds will be from the southwest at 8-13 mph shifting to the west in the evening at 5-10 mph.

Closures: Due to the hotter dry weather and increased fire activity, the San Juan national Forest has reimplemented a special order closing an area, roads, and trails to public entry in the vicinity of the fire. The West Monument Road (NFSR 630), Devil Mountain Trail (NFST 600) and the Horse Creek Trail (NFST 689) are some of the more well known routes affected by the closure. For current closures and update changes, please check the San Juan National Forest website at

For more information: Contact 970-765-0592