16,204-acre Hayden Pass Fire now five percent contained
FREMONT COUNTY -
The Hayden Pass Fire is now 16,204 acres and is five percent contained, fire officials said Saturday morning.
Saturday is a red flag weather day with high winds and temperatures, which means more smoke may come from the fire.
130 additional firefighters are responding to the fire Saturday. Firefighters are from 24 different states, according to fire officials. An air tanker, seven helicopters, and six bulldozers are also on the scene.
Structure protection will be complete by the end of the day, according to fire officials. A power outage reported between Canon City and Westcliffe has nothing to do with this fire.
About 774 total fire personnel are on scene and there have been no safety incidents, according to BLM.
The Hayden Pass Fire started one week ago after a lightning strike in Forest Service land. The fire is burning primarily in Fremont County and partly in Custer County. Fire operations are based in Chaffee County and Salida.
Existing evacuations remain the same and there are no additional evacuations as of Saturday morning, Fremont County Sheriff Jim Biecker said. Evacuated residents were able to return to their homes briefly Friday under strict guidelines, Sheriff Biecker said, and everyone was able to get in and out safely.
Highway 69 and County Road 1A will be blocked by officers Saturday, Sheriff Biecker said. Affected residents who live in this area will have an escort process to limit traffic in and out of this area.
Safety on Highway 50 remains a concern for State Patrol, Fremont County Sheriff's Office, and CDOT. Traffic conditions are dangerous. Anyone traveling on Highway 50 between Canon City and Salida should be extremely cautious.
MANDATORY EVACUATIONS as of 7/16 (all evacuated roads are CLOSED):