The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office closed parts of Dinkle Ditch Road and Fremont County Road 40 Tuesday evening after rainstorms caused debris-laden runoff from Cottonwood Creek to cover roads and bridges.
Hayden Pass Fire incident management officials reported more than a half-inch of rain fell near areas burned by the Hayden Pass Fire.
By Wednesday, CR 40 had reopened to residents only, and Western Fremont Fire Protection District and Fremont County Sheriff’s Office had begun assessing flood damage in the Cottonwood Creek drainage.
Fremont County Sheriff’s Sgt. Megan Richards said people should not go near the area because it is a safety hazard.
Incident management also observed heavy sediment and runoff in the Hayden Creek drainage.
Runoff and debris were made more pronounced by burned areas from the Hayden Pass Fire, a press release stated.
A burned area report of the Hayden Pass Fire identified 27 miles of intermittent streams and 24 miles of perennial streams were impacted by the fire.
The assessment states that everyone downstream from the Hayden Pass Fire burned area should remain alert and stay updated on weather conditions that may result in heavy rains over the fire area.
The last visible smoke from the interior of the fire was reported by incident management Aug. 16 near Black Mountain during an aerial reconnaissance of the fire.