47 mins, 53 secs ago
Sunday, September 8, 2019 6:16 AM MDT
Fire Weather Forecast
Basic Information Updated: 3 hours, 14 mins ago
Date of Origin:
Sunday September 08th, 2019 approx. 12:16 PM
2 miles south of Salida, CO, in the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness
Estimated Containment Date:
Friday December 20th, 2019 approx. 12:00 AM
Closed Timber Litter
Timber (Litter and Understory)
Light Logging Slash
Moderately stocked mixed conifer with timber litter and light to moderate dead and down. Standing dead mixed with live conifer and areas of heavy dead and down. Piñon and juniper stands are over mature and have a significant dead component.
Higher relative humidity recovery at night will moderate Moisture increasing relative humidity will drastically limit fire spread. Fire spread is primarily in critically dry 100 and 1,000 hour fuels. Spread is driven by high winds.
Crews will continue to patrol and mop-up hotspots along the fire perimeter. Structure protection will continue within communities to the north and east of the fire area. In locations where fire behavior and threat have diminished crews will chip, scatter and masticate debris along roadsides and initiate fire suppression repair.
Fire still burning in wilderness or adjacent to any values will continue to be monitored.
Projected Incident Activity:
12 hours: Dry cold front and gusty winds will impact the fire area. A slow relative humidity increase is expected associated with cooler temperatures. This will limit fine dead fuel availability for ignitions and spread.
24 hours: The winds will increase larger diameter fuel combustion and potential for ignition. Fire spread will also increase as a slight drying trend will impact the fire area. Temperatures will increase slightly.
48 hours: Drying and windy conditions return to the fire area. Expect continued high winds and the potential for spotting will remain. Larger diameter fuels will continue to burn and consume.
72 hours: Dry cold front and gusty winds will impact the fire area. A slow relative humidity increase is expected, associated with cooler temperatures. This will limit fine dead fuel availability for ignitions and spread.
Anticipated after 72 hours: Cold front and continued high winds will continue to impact the fire area and keep the fire activity potential moderate in large diameter fuels. Consistent higher relative humidity recoveries at night will slowly start to impact the availability of the larger fuels to continue to be available for ignitions.
Acreage and Ownership: Block 7: 8118 total acres: 4489 PSICC, 3352 RGF, 48 BLM Royal Gorge, 14 BLM San Luis. Private:63 Chaffee CTY., 152 Fremont CTY. Saguache CTY. 0.
Pre-evacuations are in place for Swissvale, Wellsville, Silverheels, and Bear Creek north of the Fremont/Chaffee County Line and portions of Howard. Bear Creek south of the Fremont/Chaffee County Line will remain evacuated until fire behavior and threat have diminished.
The operational period will start with colder temperatures and good recoveries. The shallow inversion will break between 0900-1000 which will allow stronger westerly winds to mix down. A fast moving upper level disturbance will be passing through which will keep the winds gusting into the 40s. The accompanying surface cold front will arrive during the early afternoon, bringing a slight chance of rain/snow showers and a small shift of winds to the west-northwest.
Decker Fire Public Information Office
Phone: (719) 626-1095
Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. daily
Fire Unit Information
Rio Grande National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1803 W. Highway 160
Monte Vista, CO 81144