A Wednesday Sept. 12 press release from Incident Commander Curtis Smith in conjunction with the Rio Grande National Forest, Pike-San Isabel National Forest and the BLM-Front Range Fire and Aviation Management Unit has provided an update on the most recent outbreak of the Decker Fire.

The Decker Fire in Sangre de Cristo Wilderness areas. (Photo courtesy of Judi Perez)

In the press release, Smith stated, “The Decker Fire remained active on Tuesday, as it reached the ridge between Simmons Peak and Methodist Mountain. One spot fire north of the main fire burned approximately 10 additional acres of beetle-killed forest high on the ridge. The fire continues to back down the east side of the ridge.

Flames are said to possibly be visible from Salida and the U.S. Highway 50 corridor. The fire is crossing the ridge between Simmons Peak and Methodist Mountain and is now burning on both the Rio Grande and San Isabel National Forest.

The press release states, “Today, additional resources will be arriving to manage the fire. The Platte Canyon Wildland Fire Module will arrive today as well as three public information officers. Firefighters will continue to monitor the fire and work to ensure that the fire remains within the national forest.

“A Colorado Fire Prevention and Control multi-mission aircraft (MMA) is anticipated to fly over the fire today for more accurate mapping and estimate of fire size. Fire managers will be transitioning the command of the fire to a Type 3 organization late Wednesday or early Thursday morning to better manage incoming resources.”

Information resources are available to the public on Facebook, Twitter, and the Incident Information System web page.