Decker Fire grows to 6,000+ acres, 14 percent contained

Photo courtesy Kimmie Randall of the Decker Fire at night.
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CHAFFEE COUNTY, Colo. (AP/KKTV) – A wildfire has destroyed at least one home and charred more than nine square miles in central Colorado.

Hundreds of firefighters and several aircraft were assigned to the fire, which is burning in rough terrain south of Salida. The fire, which is 14 percent contained as of Tuesday. At that time it had burned about 6,482 acres.

Firefighters dealt with near-critical fire conditions on Friday, and red flag warnings on Saturday.

Unseasonably warm and dry conditions have fueled the fire, which has been burning in the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness Area since Sept. 8. It had been allowed to burn beetle-killed trees until high winds last week spread flames north toward Salida.

Some residents tell KCNC-TV in Denver they are frustrated the fire was allowed to burn.