Hayden Pass Fire In Southern Colorado Expected To Grow

July 13, 2016
Photo: Hayden Pass Fire 2
A view of the Hayden Pass Fire, which is burning in between Salida and Canon City. 

However, the Hayden Pass Fire, which has forced the evacuation of about 100 homes, will likely burn for some time in the Sangre de Christo Wilderness where it flared up Sunday.

It's burning on about 19 square miles with no containment.

Fire spokesman Kyle Sullivan says crews are using bulldozers and shovels to build lines away from the lightning-caused fire so they can set back burns between the fire and those lines later this week.

He says the area burned by the 2011 Duckett Fire and its containment lines are helping hold the fire to the east.

Cold Springs Fire Winding Down

Elsewhere, work is winding down on the Cold Springs Fire near Nederland. Some of the 2,000 evacuees were allowed to return home Wednesday.  

The 528-acre fire has destroyed eight homes since breaking out on Saturday and is 25 percent contained. Two men from Alabama are accused of starting it by not fully extinguishing their campfire. They were charged with arson on Wednesday.

District Attorney Stan Garnett announced the charges at a meeting with residents in Nederland.

Investigators say Jimmy Andrew Suggs, 28, an Zackary Ryan Kuykendall, 26, from Vinemont, Alabama didn't make sure their campfire on private property was completely out, allowing it to flare up and spread in hot, windy weather on Saturday.

They each face two counts of arson, including one that is a felony carrying a penalty of up to 12 years in prison.

Garnett says there's no evidence now that a woman camping with them, 20-year-old Elizabeth Blair Burdeshaw, helped build or feed the fire, so she hasn't been charged directly in the fire. She has been ticketed for trespassing, a misdemeanor.