Last Updated: 1:30 p.m. 10/3/19
The Chaffee County Sheriff's office and Fremont County Office of Emergency Management have issued evacuation notices due to the Decker Fire, burning south of Salida. The blaze has grown to more than 3700 acres in recent days, fueled by gusty winds and dry conditions.
The Chaffee County Sheriff's Office has ordered evacuations for the following areas:
- Methodist Mtn Estates
- Boot Hill
- Pinon Ridge Estates
- Subdivisions from County Road 110 to County Road 104, including the residents above Tudor Rose on County Road 104
- Mountain Vista Village trailer park
- Fawn Ridge Estates between Fawn Ridge and County Road 110, south of CR 111
- County Road 104 east to County Road 101, including County Road 101 and Fremont County Road 49 (Bear Creek)
Additionally, County Roads 104, 107 and 110 above CR 111 are closed to traffic going up to Methodist Mountain.
Officials are asking all residents to evacuate to the Methodist Church in Salida, where a Red Cross shelter is in place.
As of Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 2, Chaffee County Sheriff John Spezze estimated about 129 total homes fall under these orders in Chaffee County
In Fremont County, the Office of Emergency Management has issued evacuation notice for the following:
- CR 49
Evacuees are being instructed to go to the Salida Methodist Church, where a Red Cross shelter is set up. Evacuees who need to retrieve medications or animals from property within the evacuation zone are asked to call the Chaffee County Dispatch Center (719) 539-2596. Officials will work to escort residents back into the area. Livestock, including chickens, be housed at the Chaffee County Fairgrounds. Domestic animals, such as dogs and cats, can be housed at the Ark Valley Humane Society.
The Decker Fire started Sept. 8 as a result of lightning. It has been burning predominantly within the Sangre de Christo Wilderness area, and authorities decided to manage the fire to limit its spread to private property and to engage the fire under circumstances with high probability of success and low risk to firefighters.
The fire is 5% contained.