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Summer camp evacuated due to Hayden Pass Fire

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Hayden Pass Fire Perimeter as of 7/12 Hayden Pass Fire Perimeter as of 7/12

UPDATE 5:50 p.m.

Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp area on the east side of Hayden Pass Fire in Custer County is being evacuated immediately as the fire spreads east.

Kids are there for summer camp and buses are transporting them to the Custer County School in Westcliffe for the mandatory evacuation. The threat to this camp is the first threat to any property from this fire, according to the Sheriff's office.

A fire crew with more experience on the east side of the fire took over command last night and continue using helicopters for water drops to better target danger spots in rugged terrain.

Ground crews are building fire lines and working to direct the fire away from populated areas and protect structures.

Evacuation notices remain in place for south of County Road 6, within a three-mile radius of County Road 6 and County Road 45, and County Road 40, including the Fox Creek Subdivision. No estimates were given for when people will be able to return to their homes.


The Hayden Pass Fire grew minimally Tuesday, according to fire officials, and is now about 12,193 acres with zero percent containment.

No additional mandatory evacuation notices were issued Tuesday afternoon, but more local residents are voluntarily leaving, Sheriff Biecker said.

Crews are now working to build a line around the fire. Fremont County Sheriff Jim Biecker advises drivers to use extreme caution and watch for emergency responders along Highway 50.

Fire officials said Tuesday morning that they expect the fire to continue moving towards Coaldale, reaching the town in 12-24 hours. Officials warn that Highway 50 may be closed Tuesday, depending on fire conditions. 

Fire officials called Monday a "really good day" in regards to management of the fire and structure protection. Air drops have been made to protect Cutty's Resort from the blaze.

About 109 homes have been evacuated, but no structures have been lost. About 80 animals have been evacuated. The fire department in Howard is an evacuation shelter, and Chaffee County Fairgrounds in Salida is taking in animals.

Fremont County Sheriff's Office said water donations are not needed, as they received numerous pallets of water Monday. Fremont County Sheriff's Office said on their Facebook page that they do not need volunteers for animal evacuations, and that they will request help if they do. Call 784-3411 for information on volunteering. 

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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