Hayman Fire Declared Controlled

Lake George: After firefighters, from local, state and federal agencies from around the country fought the Hayman wildfire for nearly six weeks, the fire was finally declared controlled last night, Thursday, at 6 p.m.

The Hayman Fire, which started on June 8, gained national attention as the largest wildfires ever to occur in Colorado. Before it was declared contained on July2, it had consumed 137,760 acres and destroyed 133 residences and 467 other structures.

In the days since, firefighters have worked vigorously to gain control of the interior of the fire, conduct mop up activies and to ensure the fire's permeter remained secure. Concurrently, U.S. Forest SErvice Burned Area Emergency Rehabilitation team personnel and fire teams worked quickly to evaluate and conduct emergency treatment of the burned areas to reduce the potential for damaging erosion, heavy sedimentation of watersheds and the potential for flash flooding.

The fire area will continue to be monitored through aerial reconnaissance, while mop-up and rehabilitation activities continue.