SALIDA, Colo. (KKTV) - A strong fall snowstorm may have given firefighters at the Decker Fire that final push across the finish line.
Officials announced mid-Thursday morning that the fire was fully contained. The announcement came just hours after the fire was declared 95 percent contained.
The fire was started by lightning on Sept. 8 and blew up a few weeks later during a stretch of critical fire weather at the end of September and start of October. During that time, hundreds in both Chaffee County and Fremont County were evacuated and many more were put on a pre-evacuation status. That pre-evacuation status was still in effect for many as recently as a few days ago.
Crews at the fire woke up Thursday morning to 4 inches of snow, with more believed to have fallen over the fire.
After weeks of hard work, firefighters battling the Decker Fire have achieved 95 percent containment.
The fire to date has burned 8,910 acres.
Decker Fire officials released an interactive map of the fire last week to help those affected have a clearer idea of any remaining road closures and the perimeter to date. The map can be viewed below this article. If viewing on our app, click "Additional Content Available" to see.