Decker Fire grows to 5,921 acres, two structures lost

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SALIDA, Colo. — The Decker Fire burning in the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness south of Salida has grown to 5,921 acres, fire officials said Saturday morning.

Sheriff John Spezze has now confirmed two structures were lost. One cabin in Chaffee County on Methodist Mountain along with a home in Fremont County.

One structure was not in the evacuation area.

A pre-evacuation notice is still in effect for the communities of Howard, Pine Ridge, Wellsville, and Swissvale.

There is Red Flag Warning in effect from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., in which the increased fire activity will produce large amounts of smoke.

The Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team is reporting there are now 730 people working on the fire.

Aircraft will be utilized today as much as possible, although wind speeds could ground them throughout the day.

The fire started from a lightning strike on September 8. As of Saturday morning, it remains at 5% containment.

The Chaffee County Fairgrounds is in need of donations of hay, to assist in feeding evacuated animals. If you have some to donate, please take it to the west side of the livestock pavilion at the fairgrounds.

As of Friday afternoon, here is a list of the current fire restrictions.

For more daily updates, visit the Decker Fire 2019 Facebook page.

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