Anxiety and uncertainty still very real for evacuees of the Hayden Pass Fire

HAYDEN PASS FIRE
The Hayden Pass Fire as seen from Highway 50 in Coaldale on Tuesday / Taylor Bishop - FOX21 News

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — As the Hayden Pass Fire spreads east, large plumes of smoke continue to build.

People who have been evacuated stand and watch waiting and hoping they’ll have a home to return to.

Janet Engel said, “It’s kind of like going between thinking everything is going to be fine and the house is going to withstand it and looking at each other and saying where are we going to live next.”

Engel and her husband live in the Fox Creek neighborhood that was given a mandatory evacuation. They say it’s a relief to hear no structures have been harmed but the uncertainty and anxiety is still very real.

“We imagine the house is still there but the unknown question and the question that nobody can seem to really answer is how close are the flames, how much danger is the house in, and it’s all kind of up in the air,” said Engel.

“The fire is relatively close to a lot of homes,” said Kyle Sullivan, Public Information Officer for the Bureau of Land Management. “There is a lot of smoke in the air. Again our number one priorities are firefighter safety and public safety.”

If you have evacuated, head to the Howard Fire Department. The American Red Cross and Salvation Army are there providing support and resources. Large animals can be taken to the Chaffee County Fairgrounds.

Sullivan said, “The safest thing right now is to remain evacuated and to not go back to residences.”

Continue staying updated right here on FOX21News.com for any evacuation or pre-evacuation warnings. Fire officials say to be prepared for this fire to keep burning for a while.

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