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A map of the Decker Fire from the Fremont County Sheriff's Office Facebook page. 

A wildfire burning 9 miles south of Salida is approaching 900 acres and is 0% contained, officials said.

The fire was sparked by lightning Sept. 8. As of Sunday night, it had scorched 846 acres of national forest lands, reports the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

Low humidity, high temperatures and consistent winds fueled the flames over the weekend, and the blaze more than doubled in size from 355 acres Saturday.

Crews are monitoring the fire's east side and allowing it to “play its natural role in the (Sangre de Cristo) Wilderness to promote forest health and resiliency,” the BLM said.

On the west side, officials are monitoring the flames’ spread to non-forest lands. Higher humidity and lower temperatures are expected to slow the fire’s growth this week.

No one was evacuated, and no roads closed. Area residents can expect light to moderate smoke, especially late in the afternoon and through the night, the BLM said.

About 35 miles northwest of Fort Collins, 130 wildland firefighters are working to tame flames that have spread across 542 acres in the Lone Pine State Wildlife Area, the Larimer County Sheriff's Office said in a tweet. As of Monday afternoon, the McNay Fire was 32% contained. 

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