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Decker Fire Contained, Two Others Burn in Colorado
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The Decker Fire which started on September 8th by a lighting, located two miles south of Salida on the Forest Service and BLM lands, was declared 100% contained this week.

The fire eventually covered nearly 9,000 acres. There are still 70 personnel monitoring the fire.

Two wildfire strategies are being used on the Decker fire - Contain and Confine. 62% of the fire is under a Contain strategy, while the remaining 38% is under the Confine strategy. 100% of the fire under the Contain strategy is complete. The remaining 38% is being confined by natural barriers and indirect fire line. The brown lines on the fire map denote these areas that are under a Confine strategy. These areas have minimal threat of impacting values at risk and therefore limited actions are being used. There are two areas of the fire under the Confine strategy.

The Confine strategy area on the south/southeast side of the fire is being confined by indirect fire lines. Fire is slowing creeping downhill through an aspen grove and having positive effects on the environment. There are no values at risk in this area of the fire.

The area on the northwest side of the fire is also under a Confine strategy. This area is rugged and does not have safety zones and escape routes for firefighters and is therefore not safe to insert firefighters. This area is being managed through continuous monitoring and the use of helicopters to cool the fire as needed. Indirect fire line has been constructed, however; the likelihood of this part of the fire posing a threat to values at risk is minimal due to weather, terrain and the lack of active fire behavior. If a drying system moves into the area, additional firefighting tactics will be used to further confine the fire.

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