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BLM reopens some public lands near Hayden Pass fire

August 11, 2016 Updated: August 11, 2016 at 7:03 pm
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The Hayden Pass fire is still smoldering in the high country, but some public lands around the area were reopened Thursday.

The Bureau of Land Management Royal Gorge Field Office announced it has lifted the emergency closure of lands south and southwest of Highway 50, near Coaldale. Kerr Gulch and Falls Gulch also are open, the release said.

That doesn't mean all trails around the burn area are open, though.

Parts of the area are in the Pike and San Isabel National Forests and are managed by the U.S. Forest Service, and they have their own closures in place, including the burn area.

Work was being done to make Rainbow Trail safe enough to reopen to hikers, but it has not yet been complete, according to a news release from Hayden Pass fire officials Wednesday.

The fire began July 8 after a lightning strike. It has scorched 16,754 acres and, although has been 60 percent contained for more than a week, is expected to burn until October.

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Contact Kaitlin Durbin: 636-0362

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