Despite the driving, gusty winds, fire activity was minimal across the Decker Fire yesterday.
Colder temperatures and higher humidity levels helped slow fire behavior.
Crews made significant progress yesterday securing line and mopping up around a fire area known as the “Columbine Thumb”, near Bear Creek. Residents of Bear Creek have been evacuated since October 2nd.
Sheriff John Spezze is removing the check point on County Road 108 this morning at 10 am.
This will open access to the Methodist Estates and Boot Hill subdivisions.
All non-residents are asked to refrain from driving into the area as there are still fire personnel and vehicles travelling these roads and there is still a risk due to fire activity.
BLM road closures east of Highway 285 from the top of Poncha Pass south to the vicinity of Yankee Creek have been lifted and public re-entry, primarily hunters, is taking place. National Forest lands remain closed.
The Decker Fire is listed today at 8,723 acres with 30 percent containment. 684 personnel are currently working the fire with the aid of 8 aircraft.
A new team took over the fire over the weekend; the Great Basin Type I Team is now in command of the Decker Fire.
The Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, along with Chaffee, Saguache and Fremont Counties all remain under Stage II Fire Restrictions.