Fire near Hayden 100 percent contained

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— A wildfire that began near a road in Hayden had been fully contained by late Saturday.

Routt County Emergency Management Director Bob Struble said crews were doing a mop up on a few areas Saturday.

He said the fire burned 1,225 acres, but crews were able to make sure no people, structures or livestock were hurt.

North Routt, Oak Creek, Yampa, Craig and Bureau of Land Management firefighters came to help in addition to an official from the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control. Two aircrafts were brought in to drop retardant, and another was assigned to monitor the fire, which was the largest Routt County has seen in several years.

“With the work they got accomplished (Saturday) there are just a few hot spots inside the perimeter,” Struble said. “We’re getting those taken care of really well.”

West Routt Fire Protection District firefighters were called to the fire along Routt County Road 76 about halfway up the Cog Road shortly before 1 p.m. Saturday.

The fire originally threatened a communications tower and several homes near the Cog just north of town.

The Zehner family, from Hayden, had their house in line with the fire, but thanks to the quick work of firefighters and community members, their house was safe.

“We didn’t think it was a big deal,” Ryan Zehner said Saturday. “Before we knew it, it was spreading east faster than we could imagine. I was terrified when the flames came over the hill, and then I thought we were going to lose our house.”

The Zehners had three horses evacuated to the Routt County Fairgrounds. Five other horses in the area were evacuated.

Struble said crews would monitor the fire for the next couple of days. He thanked all the organizations for their help in containing the fire.

“I really want to thank the BLM and all the support they gave us” Saturday, he said. “We would have had a hard time without their support.”

The cause of the fire hasn’t been determined and still is under investigation by the Routt County Sheriff’s Office.

To reach Luke Graham, call 970-871-4229 or email lgraham@SteamboatToday.com

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