Decker Fire Update [Sept. 23]

The Decker Fire, burning 9 miles south of Salida, was active over the weekend, growing to 1,195 acres.   

The increased smoke you saw over the weekend came from the eastern most spot fires on Simmons Peak.  The fire slowly burned uphill away from the Rainbow Trail. 

Clear skies, warm temperatures, and low relative humidity are expected again today.  Similar fire activity is anticipated today. 

Crews will continue with indirect line along the wilderness boundary on the west flank and will continue to construct contingency lines along the Rainbow Trail on the east flank.  

The fire remains on national forest lands and primarily in the Wilderness.

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

91 firefighting personnel are working the fire.          

The fire will remain visible from Salida and the Highway 50 corridor.

There are no evacuations or closures at this time.       

Dan R

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