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A public meeting will be held at 5 p.m. today, Saturday, Sept. 14 at the Poncha Springs Town Hall, located at 330 Burnett Ave. Fire managers will be available to give an update on the fire and answer questions from the public.

Latest update as of 10 a.m. today from the site:
The Decker Fire activity has increased due to lower humidity, higher temperatures, and consistent winds through the day.

Smoke and possible fire are visible from Salida currently. Please do not call 911 to report fire behavior on the Decker Fire or to request fire information. A fire information line (number below) is available for fire updates. Please call 911 for emergencies only.

Evacuations and closures:
There are no evacuations or closures at this time. Smoke may settle into the U.S. Highway 50 corridor in the late afternoons or evenings. Drivers are encouraged to reduce speed near the fire if smoke affects visibility.

A smoke forecast has been issued for the Salida and Arkansas River Valley.

According to, “Smoke may briefly reach Salida late this afternoon or early this evening and is not expected to persist. Smoke from prescribed fires southwest of Salida may drift onto State Highway 285. Communities around Howard and Coaldale may see light smoke settling in overnight and lifting by tomorrow morning.”

Fire statistics:
Size: Approximately 276 acres
Containment: 0%
Total Personnel: 30
Cause: Lightning
Start Date: Sept. 8, 2019
Location: Nine miles south of Salida

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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)