Effective at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, Chaffee County Sheriff John Spezze said the evacuation order will be lifted for all residents of the Fawn Ridge Subdivision. The order is also rescinded for residents evacuated from CR 110, 111, 111a, as well as residents of Mountain Vista Estates, (Paradise Acres). Residences above Mountain Vista Estates can be accessed from CR 104.

The evacuation order is also rescinded for the residents living east of CR 104, accessed from private drives south of U.S. 50, except for residents living on CR 101, Bear Creek.

Chaffee County residents living on CR 101 remain under an evacuation order.

Evacuees signing up for re-entry badges at the Decker Fire Emergency Response Center set up at the Scout Hut. (Photo by Jan Wondra)

The Sheriff’s Office says it will allow re-entry at the checkpoint at CR 110-111 for Fawn Ridge, and those evacuees who live along CR 110, 111 and 111A.

There will be no re-entry allowed on CR 111 from Hwy 50. Residents on CR 104 will be checked at the current checkpoint on CR 104.

The Sheriff’s Office stresses that no re-entry will be allowed without an evacuation credential or valid ID. It also reminds residents that they are being allowed back into their homes still under pre-evacuation status. Should the fire continue in their area, they need to be ready to evacuate again.

The Chaffee Sheriff’s Office said that the Type 1 Team would be burning control lines in the affected area, and this fire will also be visible.

All residents still under evacuation order will be notified of a public meeting to discuss fire progress, which will be announced and held as soon as possible. 24-hour night patrols will continue in the evacuation area.

The Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office Command Post will be moved to CR 107-108. County Road 108 access and the power line road into the Methodist Mountain area will still be controlled. Residents of Methodist Estates and Boot Hill should respond to this new CR 107-108 location for escorts into their homes.

As soon as it is safe, the sheriff’s office says it will grant full access for residents of Methodist Mountain still under evacuation.

The Decker Fire is divided into two Branches:

Branch I (on the northeast side by Salida) and Branch II (on the southwest side the San Luis Valley). Then subdivided into five divisions.

Branch I - Salida

  • Division T (northeast side by Wellsville)
  • Division R (north side by Salida)
  • Division W (southeast side by Howard)

Branch II - San Luis Valley

  • Division A (west side by Poncha Pass)
  • Division X (south side by Alder)