The Colorado Department of Transportation has issued a speed reduction on U.S. Highway 50 just east of Salida from MP 223 (junction of U.S. 50 and CO Highway 291) to approximately the community of Wellsville (MP 230). The speed limit has also been reduced on U.S. Highway 285 on the south side of Poncha Pass between MPs 115-119.
CDOT and emergency management officials are urging the public not to park along the highways near the Decker Fire. Motorists should be aware there is no stopping, parking, or standing outside of vehicles along highway shoulders. The highways must be kept clear with no obstructions for fire and emergency personnel and equipment moving about in the area.
All motorists, including the traveling public, commercial drivers and emergency personnel are urged to obey the reduced speed limits. The speed reduction is required for safety due to increased emergency traffic from the Decker Fire.