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Wildfire south of Salida grows to 846 acres

The Decker fire was started by lightning on Sept. 8. It was measured at 276 acres Saturday morning.
Credit: Hannah Fischer

SALIDA, Colo. — A wildfire burning nine miles south of Salida has continued to grow, reaching 846 acres Sunday afternoon.

Fire managers said the Decker fire was started by lightning on Sept. 8. It's burning in the Rio Grande and Pike-San Isabel national forests, and was measured at 276 acres Saturday morning. It has not caused any evacuations or closures.

Credit: John Jaugilas

The increased activity is attributed to lower humidity, higher temperatures, and consistent winds. Firefighters are monitoring the fire and working to ensure that it remains on national forest lands.

A post on InciWeb said the east side of the blaze is being allowed to play its natural role to promote forest health and resiliency.

It is currently at zero percent containment.