Name: Horsefly Fire
Location: Seven miles north of Norwood, CO off Highway 90, on the south side of Patterson Mountain in the Horsefly drainage.
Size: Approximately 2 acres.
Cause: Lightning
Jurisdiction: USFS
Containment: 50%
Threatened Structures: 0
As of 12:00 p.m. Saturday, July 2, the Horsefly Park fire is being held at approximately two acres. The fire is located seven miles north of Norwood, CO on the south side of Patterson Mountain in the Horsefly drainage on the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests, Montrose County.

Yesterday evening there was heavy precipitation over the fire area. Two crews have been released today. Today’s objectives are continuing to work on a containment line and firefighter safety. Access is difficult with a mile hike into the fire. The fire has a moderate spread potential, smoldering and creeping in Pinyon Juniper and heavy dead and down material. We currently have two crews with ten Forest Service and BLM firefighters working to suppress the fire. The fire is 50 percent contained today with expected full containment by the end of the shift tomorrow, July 3. There are no structures threatened. There are no road or trail closures.

Fire managers remind visitors and users of the GMUG to continue to be attentive of their actions and surroundings, especially in areas with dry vegetation or dead/down trees. Practice smart wildfire prevention behavior including never leaving a campfire unattended, using established campfire rings, picking safe and proper campfire sites, and ensuring that their fires are completely out and cool to the touch by using the drown, stir, and feel methods. Visitors are asked to be aware of fire traffic and avoid the area. Firefighter and public safety are the priorities on this incident.

Fire Information Links:
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests Fire Information: (970) 874-6602
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