Decker Fire Update Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019

The Decker Fire, 9 miles south of Salida, is still listed at 846 acres. Yesterday was the third consecutive day with no measurable growth of the fire.

Incident Commander John Markalunas says activity could pick up over the next four days due to anticipated warmer temperatures, lower humidity and increased winds. 

Markalunas also said this weekends Banana Belt Race, using the Rainbow Trail near the fire, should go off as planned.  

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.        

A public meeting is being held tonight beginning at 5 pm at the Poncha Springs Town hall where officials will offer updates on the Decker Fire and answer your questions.  

Dan R

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