Hayden Pass Fire grows to 16,360 acres

The Hayden Pass Fire on Friday afternoon. / Colorado State Patrol
The Hayden Pass Fire on Friday afternoon. / Colorado State Patrol

FREMONT COUNTY, Colo. — The Hayden Pass Fire burning near Coaldale in Fremont County has grown to 16,360 acres as of Sunday morning and is 20 percent contained.

Containment lines are continuing to hold across the burn area as crews continue to clean up hot spots. Hand lines have been built along the edge of the wilderness.

Firefighters conducted burnout operations along the north flank’s Hayden Pass road and continued building an indirect line to keep the fire south of Coaldale. Additionally, helispots were established along the eastern flank, reducing helicopter flight time. Crews are continuing to monitor the fire’s slow progression within the western flank’s wilderness area.

The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office confirms one structure–a summer cabin in the Cottonwood Creek area–has been lost. No firefighters have been injured.

sunday air quality report
Hayden Pass Fire: Sunday’s Air Quality Report

A community meeting was held Friday at 6 p.m. at Longfellow Elementary School in Salida. Some residents said they just want to stay updated on the fire that feels a little too close to home.

“I know how it can go through the mountains and skip across you know I just take off and I’ve seen that happen in California I know how it can happen here,” said Marian Skinner, a resident of Salida.

The fire, which started with a lightning strike July 8, is located in the area of U.S. Highway 50 and County Road 6 in the Coaldale area. The northern perimeter of the fire is about 1.5 miles from the town of Coaldale.

The Rocky Mountain Incident Management Blue Team has taken command of firefighting efforts. A total of 816 personnel are combating the fire.

The approximate location of the Hayden Pass Fire. / inciweb.nwcg.gov
The approximate location of the Hayden Pass Fire. / inciweb.nwcg.gov

Evacuations

About 100 homes and 10 mixed commercial/residential buildings are threatened by the fire. Mandatory evacuation notices have been issued for about 185 people in the following areas:

  • County Road 6 south of County Road 45
  • County Road 35
  • County Road 40
  • Fox Creek subdivision
  • The Eagle Peak Subdivision on the west side of County Road 1A

Residents should evacuate to the Howard Fire Department at 8274 Highway 50 in Howard. The Red Cross and Salvation Army are providing resources there. Large animals may evacuate to the Chaffee County Fairgrounds at 10165 County Road 120 in Salida.

Traffic impacts

  • Fremont County Road 6 is closed west of Highway 50.
  • Fremont County Road 39 is closed.
  • Fremont County Road 40 is closed west of Highway 50.
  • Fremont County Road 1A is closed from Highway 50 to Highway 69.

The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office and Colorado State Patrol are issuing tickets to people stopped or standing along Highway 50. This also applies to people standing on the shoulder or on adjacent private property.

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