Community coming together to help Hayden Pass Fire evacuees

Animals evacuated from the Hayden Pass Fire / Brett Roberts - FOX21 News
Animals evacuated from the Hayden Pass Fire / Brett Roberts - FOX21 News

COALDALE, Colo. — Residents of Fremont and Custer counties are coming together to help people and animals evacuated from the Hayden Pass Fire.

A total of 55 animals that live in the Hayden Pass Fire evacuation zone are staying at the Chaffee County Fairgrounds.

“If anything, we’re a little bit under what I was expecting from the areas that have been evacuated,” Chaffee County Extension director Kurt Jones said.

Some people in the area are even offering to house animals themselves.

“Makes me proud to be a resident of this area,” Jones said. “I’m so pleased that neighbors are helping neighbors.”

In fact, the whole area is coming together. Custer County Schools are hosting the Rainbow Trails Lutheran Camp, which evacuated because of the fire.

“Right now it’s not burning towards us,” camp director Dave Jarvis said. “It’s burning above us, and I just don’t want to take a chance that the winds shifted and it blows back down on us, so everything we’ve done up to this point has been precautionary. It’s not been mandatory. We went because we thought it was right to.”

Jarvis said the kids are in great spirits still, and the main disappointment is having to end camp one day early because of the fire.

“We have a great site, but that’s not what we’re known for,” Jarvis said. “We’re known for our staff and our community and our relationships, and you can do that anywhere.”

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