SALIDA, Colo. (CBS4) – A wildfire burning near Salida has grown to nearly 300 acres a week after it was ignited by lightning. The Decker Fire is burning in the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness area — nine miles south of Salida.
The public is invited to a meeting at 5 p.m. at the Poncha Springs Town Hall on Burnett Avenue.
Firefighters say hotter temperatures, lower humidity levels and beetle-killed wood fueled the fire on Friday. The fire has burned 276 acres. It is not contained.
Smoke can be seen from U.S. 285 and the Arkansas River valley. Smoke may also settle onto U.S. 50 and drivers are urged to drive carefully in low visibility conditions.
No evacuations or closures have been announced.
An air quality health advisory was issued for northeastern Saguache, southeastern Chaffee, and northwestern Fremont Counties, including, but not limited to the communities of Alder, Villa Grove, Salida, Cleora, Wellsville, Howard, Coaldale, and Cotopaxi.
The advisory expires Sunday morning at 9 a.m.
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