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Hayden Pass Fire grows to 12,000 acres in Fremont County

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FREMONT COUNTY, Colo. -- The Hayden Pass fire in Fremont County has burned just less than 13,000 acres as of Wednesday morning, officials said. There was no containment on the fire and primary goals were keeping people safe and protecting property.

Residents of more than 100 homes who live on Fremont County Road 6 south of County Road 45 were under mandatory evacuation.

Hotshot crews from New Mexico and South Dakota were on the lines, and more crews were en route. Additional helicopters were on order as officials said it was going to be a long fire fight.

The fire started Friday afternoon near Hayden Creek about five miles southwest of Coaldale after a lightning strike, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

Officials said hot temperatures and windy conditions caused it to spread and eventually begin to grow very quickly Sunday. On Monday, officials said 12,012 acres had burned.

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The fire is in the Coaldale area near Highway 50 and County Road 6. The Hayden Creek and Coaldale campgrounds were evacuated along with Cutty's Hayden Creek Resort.

Reverse emergency notifications have gone out to residents within a three-mile radius of Hayden Drive to be ready to evacuate if ordered.

The U.S. Forest Service said the fire is mostly south and east of Hayden Pass, with the majority of the fire being in the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness.

U.S. Forest Service and Fremont County fire crews are on the scene working to contain the fire. More than 100 firefighters were on the way to fight the wildfire on Monday.

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