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Decker Fire 5% contained, crews prepare for critical conditions this week

Crews issued a Red Flag Warning Sunday for the duration of a four-day long wind event, potentially increasing fire and smoke activity from the Decker Fire.

Smoke will likely be visible from Salida, Howard, and surrounding communities as winds increase in the area over the fire. The Red Flag Warning is in effect from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday.

The critical fire conditions beginning Sunday have the potential to create sudden changes in fire direction, behavior, and growth, according to crews. In anticipation of potential increased fire activity fire managers have increased firefighters and equipment on the Decker Fire. The fire is now 5% contained and 157 individuals are working on the blaze.

The fire remains primarily in wilderness and structure protection crews will work with residents in the Bear Creek, Silver Creek, and Pine Ridge neighborhoods with mitigation efforts. Crews on the north and northeast side of the fire will continue constructing indirect fireline today.

Drivers are warned that smoke may settle into the U.S. Highway 50 corridor in the late afternoons or evenings. Officials encourage motorists to reduce speed if the smoke impacts visibility. You can find real-time smoke forecast here.

Winds gusts of 40 to 50 miles per hour are predicted on ridgelines and in drainages. Strong winds will remain overnight.

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