The Decker Fire — a blaze just south of Salida, sparked by lightning early in September — had grown to more than 6,400 acres as of Oct. 8, according to the National Wildfire Coordinating Group. The fire was 14 percent contained.
Multiple roads are closed around the fire area in Chaffee, Fremont and Saguache counties as nearly 900 firefighters work to douse the flames. As of Oct. 8, the fire was burning about two miles south of Salida.
On Oct. 6, the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office allowed some people who had been under evacuation orders earlier in the week to return home.
The Colorado Department of Transportation urges travelers not to park along highways near Salida, and has imposed speed reductions on U.S. Highways 50 and 285, east of Salida and south of Poncha Springs.
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