The Quartz Ridge Fire on the San Juan National Forest, Pagosa Ranger District was reported on August 5th, 2023 at 9:01am. It is located approximately three miles into the South San Juan Wilderness.
Firefighters are unable to directly engage the fire due to fire behavior, the remote location, and firefighter risk associated with the terrain and working in dead and down trees. Fire managers continue to develop a strategic plan to suppress the fire should it move into terrain more favorable to engagement.
The Quartz Ridge Fire is expected to remain in a very remote location of the South San Juan Wilderness. The Quartz Meadows Road (NFSR#685), the Quartz Ridge Trail (NFST#570) and the Quartz Creek Trail (NFST#571) are closed to the public. The fire will continue to be highly visible to travelers on US Highway 160, and Colorado Highway 84, and from the town of Pagosa Springs.
Please watch for increased fire vehicle traffic in the area of US Highway 160 and Forest Service Road 667, East of Pagosa Springs.
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