Snowstorm helps bring full containment to Decker Fire near Salida

SALIDA, Colo. — The Decker Fire that has been burning for more than six weeks near Salida was was declared fully contained after a storm system dropped snow in the area overnight, the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday.

All pre-evacuation orders that were in effect for Chaffee County residents have been canceled as have all Stage 2 fire restrictions.

The fire was started by lightning Sept. 8 about 9 miles south of Salida. Dry, windy weather pushed it to within 2 miles of Salida, forcing evacuations.

At one point, more than 900 firefighters were battling the fire and earlier this month, 300 people were forced to evacuate from several subdivisions.

The previous estimate for containment was Dec. 20. The fire burned 8,910 acres.

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