Tuesday: #HaydenPassFire

Jul 12, 2016

A view of a smoke plume from the Hayden Pass Fire as seen from US 50
Credit Inciweb

Wednesday's post for this incident is here

The so-called Hayden Pass Fire burning in Fremont County has reached around 12,000 acres with no containment.  Authorities expect it to be a "longer-term" type of fire, and to last a while.  It's burning in heavy dead and downed fuels and in steep and rugged terrain with hot and windy conditions. Today, there's lower humidity but less wind and authorities say the fire saw minimal growth and sits at 12,193 acres.

The lightening-caused fire began Friday and crews searched for smoke through the weekend, but were unable to pinpoint its location in the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness.  It flared up on Sunday, prompting evacuations of the Hayden Creek Campground and Cutty's Resort.

Evacuations remain in place for those campgrounds, and for County Road 6, south of County Road 45, as well as County Road 40, and Fox Creek Dr.  This includes the Fox Creek subdivision.  Around 109 homes have been evacuated. No structures have been lost.

A pre-evacuation notice is also in place for those within a three-mile radius of County Road 6.

Large animals can be taken to the Chaffee County Fair Grounds.  An evacuation shelter has opened at the Howard Fire Station.  The Fremont County Sheriff's Office says the Colorado Human Society is helping them with animal evacuations.

A Type 2 incident command team has assumed command.

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Last updated: 7:20 PM. 7/12/16