Decker Fire Update For Wednesday [Updated]

[Updated] This is the second consecutive day with no measurable growth of the fire. The fire is still listed at 846 acres.

The Decker Fire Incident Management Team will host a public meeting at 5:00 pm on Thursday, September 19th, at the Poncha Springs Town Hall, at 330 Burnett Ave. Fire managers will be available to give an update on the fire and answer questions from the public.

A Type 3 helicopter from Montana remains assigned to the incident and remains available, should the need arise. 

Crews have been taking advantage of the minimum fire behavior to scout the fire to look for possible locations to construct contingency lines in anticipation of the change in weather expected today.

Crews will continue working the western flank of the fire along the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) boundary. Crews will also begin building contingency line along the Rainbow Trail on the eastern side of the fire. The section of trail for the Banana Belt Race on Saturday will not be affected. Increased fire behavior is expected today due to decreased cloud cover and warm and drier conditions. Residence can anticipate seeing more smoke in the air.

The fire remains on national forest lands and primarily in the Wilderness. Crews will continue to monitor the fire and allowing fire to play its natural role to promote forest health and resiliency. 

The Decker fire is being managed to remove these high-risk fuels from the landscape for ecological benefit and to reduce the risk for catastrophic wildfires in the future.        

The fire will remain visible from Salida and the Highway 50 corridor. There are no evacuations or closures at this time. 

Real-time smoke information is available at Today’s smoke forecast for Salida and Arkansas River Valley is available at

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