Haystack fire near Boulder now 80% contained

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The Haystack fire, as seen Oct. 1 from the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.

Dave Haston PHIL DRAKE

The Haystack fire, last listed as burning 22,591 acres and 80% contained, has been handed from Great Basin Team 4 to a local Type 3 incident management team, officials said.

The new team, under the direction of Incident Cmdr. Shane Martin, took over fire management Tuesday morning. There are now 310 people assigned to the blaze, down from 473 on Saturday.

The fire was most active on the east side, west of Whitetail Road, burning well within planned containment lines, consuming dead and down lodgepole pine, the Type 3 team reported. The fire was also active east of Tim’s Meadow to Porcupine Gulch. Minimal fire activity occurred on the remainder of the fire.

Full containment is expected by Oct. 31. Type 3 teams are multi-agency teams from the local or state level and used for extended incidents. 

This comes as the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office announced Tuesday that the National Weather Service had issued a red flag warning for Jefferson County

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