SALIDA, Colo — The fight against the Decker Fire has ramped up as the acreage affected continues to grow. The fire had burned more than 5,300 acres as of Thursday night, and was moved under the command of a Type 1 Incident Management team.
A lightning strike sparked the fire on September 8, but it wasn’t until this week that officials were forced to call for mandatory evacuations.
This week, local residents and business owners watched warily nearby as heavy smoke wafted into the area.
“Things really changed Monday and Tuesday. So much so that we had to close doors, less people were out and about – the smoke was just really heavy,” said Amy Reed of Salida Mountain Sports.
Area schools trying to keep students safe have cancelled after school sports due to poor air quality.
Likewise, residents are doing their best to keep their homes clear.
“We have the windows closed, we’re just trying to keep air filters on,” said Genevieve Knowlton.
In the meantime, locals are banding together to help those in need, taking to social media to offer up rooms and resources to those who have been evactuated, all hoping for the best possible outcome.
“The winds shift and it changes daily,” said Reed.
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