USFS News Release - Hayden Pass Fire Update July 11, 2016 11:00pm

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Hayden Pass Fire Information Line (719) 315-1625

Hayden Pass Fire in Fremont County Doubles in Size

Today’s hot, dry and windy conditions fed the Hayden Pass Fire allowing it to rapidly spread to the southeast and more than double in size from yesterday. The fire remained in unpopulated areas and no structures have been lost. The forecast for tomorrow remains hot and dry with less wind. Fire managers expect additional growth tomorrow.

This will be the last update issued by the Salida Ranger District. The Rocky Mountain Incident Management Blue Team will be issuing updates beginning tomorrow.

Hayden Pass Fire Fact Sheet July, 11, 2016 at 11:00pm

Cause: Lightning Location: Approximately 5 miles southwest of Coaldale, Colorado. Size: Updated 12,012 acres. Containment: 0% Jurisdiction: The fire started on the San Isabel National Forest and has progressed onto the Rio Grande National Forest, Bureau of Land Management, State lands, and private lands. Management: The Rocky Mountain Incident Management Blue Team has arrived and will assume command at 6:00 AM on Tuesday, July 12th. Fuels: The fire is burning in mixed conifer, beetle-killed spruce, and heavy dead and down fuels. Resources: Multiple agencies are on scene and additional resources are enroute Road closures: Fremont County Road 6 is closed west of Highway 50. Fremont County Road 40 is closed west of Highway 50. Fox Creek Road is also closed. Current actions: Provide for life safety and provide point protection as possible. Notice: Evacuation orders remain in place. Please see the Fremont County Sheriff’s Facebook page for official evacuation information https://www.facebook.com/FremontCountySheriffsOffice/?fref=ts The Sheriff’s Office is working quickly to conduct safe evacuations.

Frequent updates on the fire are being posted on the San Isabel National Forests’ Twitter page: @PSICC_NF. Future Tweets will come from a different account that will be announced soon.

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  • Incident objectives for the Hayden Pass Fire continue to focus on firefighter and public safety as the top priority. The fire managers will ensure all actions are based on the probability of success while minimizing exposure to firefighters and the public.

    Incident meteorologists report there will be strong and turbulent outflow boundary winds this afternoon as nearby storms affect the fire. These winds also will be a good test of the current containment lines. This morning’s high relative humidity means the firefighters will be cautious setting up operations since the fire may flare up later in the day as fuels dry out.

    Seven helicopters will continue to work the fire, assisted by a fixed-wing aircraft. Two dozers will begin a two-day precautionary project to protect the area’s primary radio tower. Structural protections are on schedule to be completed in three days.

    On the northern flank, burn-out operations are underway to clean up the line. The helicopters and air support mostly will fly along the eastern flank. The southern flank’s effort is centered on redirecting the fire into the wilderness. The fire has not significantly crested the ridge on the western side of the fire.

    In areas with beetle kill, downed trees and unpredictable fire behavior, indirect tactics are in use to mitigate hazards. In areas where fire behavior has moderated, direct fire line construction has been implemented. Management action points are in place and will be utilized as fire progresses.

    Contact the Fremont and Custer County Sheriffs for up-to-date information about evacuation notices and road closures.

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