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Hayden Pass Fire grows to nearly 16,000 acres, 0% contained

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The Hayden Pass fire has grown to nearly 16,000 acres and is still 0% contained, as of Friday morning.

Fire bosses are calling the fire a "marathon battle" with leaders of type two management teams are quoted as saying this is the number one priority fire in the county right now.

Over 600 firefighters are battling the fire on the ground, while air tankers and helicopters are being used to help protect property as the fire inches closer.

Mandatory evacuation orders include County Road 35 and the Eagle Peak Subdivision on the west side of County Road 1A, as well as County Road 6, south of County Road 45 and County Road 40, including the Fox Creek Subdivision. 

According to officials, some evacuees are being escorted back to their homes but only temporarily to get more belongings.

The fire was caused by a lightning strike Friday, according to the Forest Service, and grew exponentially to about 5,104 acres by Sunday afternoon.

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