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Crews continue to monitor Decker Fire burning near Salida

Posted at 7:34 PM, Sep 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-16 09:44:36-04

SALIDA — The lightning caused Decker Fire continues to burn on national forest land near Salida.

The fire was active Friday and Saturday due to low humidity, high temperatures, and consistent winds.

According to Fire Managers, fire crews are continuing to monitor the blaze and ensure it stays on national forest land. The Platte Canyon Wildland Fire Module is camped between the fire and US Highway 285 to montior its spread onto any non-forest lands on the west side.

The fire has not made any significant runs to the east and remains totally in the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness, according to Fire Managers. The latest report said crews will continue to monitor the east side of the fire and allow it to play its natural role in Wilderness to promote forest health and resilience.

A Type 3 helicopter out of Montana is assigned to the fire and will be available if needed.


The latest report on the fire said it will be visible on the ridge from the US 285 corridor and the Arkansas River Valley in the evenings and at night.

Residents are asked to not call 911 to report the fire or to get fire information.

Fire information can be found by calling the fire info line at (719) 626-1095. Information can also be found on the Facebook page set up for the fire.

The latest report released Saturday has the fire at approximately 276 acres with zero percent containment. It was started by lightning on September 8th and is located approximately nine miles south of Salida.

There are currently no evacuations or closures due to the fire. Fire Managers said smoke may settle into the US Highway 50 corridor in the late afternoons or evenings.