Decker Fire Near Salida Now 100% Contained

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Firefighters on the Decker Fire conducting mop-up operations in Bear Creek, Oct. 17, 2019

The Decker Fire in south-central Colorado, which has burned for over a month, has been fully surrounded by containment lines.

The fire was just nine miles south of Salida. It was declared 100 percent contained Thursday, a milestone that came after snow fell across the fire.

Fire officials say about 4 inches fell at the fire command post overnight but they assume more "white gold" blanketed the fire at higher elevations. However, even though firefighters have stopped the spread of the fire, they cautioned that the fire is not out yet.

The fire has been burning since Sept. 8 when it was started by lightning. It spread to more than 8,700 acres and led to the evacuations of dozens of homes.