Decker Fire near Salida grows to more than 7,000 acres


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.

Last Saturday, 300 people and 130 houses were forced to evacuate from several subdivisions, but some of those orders were lifted the following day.

Plans are in place for firefighters and crew members to have warm, dry places to sleep, officials said.

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