Strong winds help Decker Fire south of Salida grow to more than 2,200 acres
SALIDA, Colo. -- Strong winds helped fuel the Decker Fire burning south of Salida, officials said Tuesday. The lightning-caused fire, which started Sept. 8, has burned 2,207 acres and is at 5% containment. It is burning 9 miles south of Salida in Chaffee County. Heavy smoke developed over the fire on Monday and was seen for several miles. Fire activity increased significantly on the west side in a previously inactive area, officials said.