SALIDA, Colo. (CBS4) – The Decker Fire burning near Salida grew to nearly 900 acres a week after it was started by lightning. It is burning in the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness area — nine miles south of Salida.

Decker Fire

(credit: Pony Anstine)

Some parts of the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness area have an 80 percent tree mortality rate due to pine beetle disease and blowdown, the U.S. Forest Service stated Sunday in a press release.

“The Decker Fire is being managed,” according to the agency, “to remove these high-risk fuels from the landscape for ecological benefit and to reduce the risk for catastrophic wildfire in the future.”

The fire was officially measured at 846 acres late Sunday.

Firefighters say the southwestern side showed active growth as the fire moved south of Merkt Creek towards the Oxcart Fire burn scar. They say it will continue to do so as well as grow along the ridge towards the peak of Methodist Mountain.

Decker Fire

(credit: Pony Anstine)

The fire can be seen at night from both the U.S. 50 and U.S. 285 corridors. No evacuations have been announced.

The public can call the Fire Info Line at (719) 626-1095 for more information.

LINK: Decker Fire Inciweb

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