Decker Fire Update for Tuesday, Oct. 22

The Decker Fire is listed today at 8,723 acres with 50 percent containment. 612 personnel are currently working the fire. 

Fremont County lifted the evacuation order for Bear Creek yesterday.  Residents of the Bear Creek area have been on evacuation since October 2nd. Bear Creek, along with all other once evacuated residents, will remain on pre-evacuation status.

Also yesterday, Chaffee County Sheriff John Spezze removed the check point on County Road 108. 

That opened 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. 

Crews are staging structure protection equipment in areas where neighborhoods have been repopulated.  Pinyon Ridge Ranch, Boot Hill and Methodist Estates residents can expect to see hoseline, pumps, and water tanks strategically placed throughout the area.

A Burned Area Emergency Response Team will began to assess the area of the fire yesterday.  The assessment addresses post-wildfire issues, including rehabilitation and long term restoration.  

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 Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, along with Chaffee, Saguache and Fremont Counties all remain under Stage II Fire Restrictions

Dan R

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