SALIDA, Colo. — The Decker Fire grew to more than 7,000 acres on Saturday, the Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team said.
The fire, which was started by lightning Sept. 8, has burned 7,162 acres and is 15% contained. It is burning 2 miles south of Salida in the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness.
A cabin on Methodist Mountain in Chaffee County has been lost as well as a structure in Fremont County.
Over 850 firefighters are battling the fire, which is burning in moderately stocked mixed conifer with timer litter, and moderate dead and down trees.
The estimated date for full containment is Dec. 20.
Plans are in place for firefighters and crew members to have warm, dry places to sleep, officials said.