Decker Fire Update For Friday, Sept. 20

The Decker Fire, burning 9 miles south of Salida saw some increased activity in the last couple of days.

The fire is now listed at 885 acres. 84 firefighting personnel are working the fire. Incident Commander John Markalunas says activity could pick up through Sunday due to lower humidity and increased winds. 

Crews continued constructing contingency lines along the western flank of the fire adjacent to the Bureau of Land Management boundary.  Crews also continued building contingency lines along the Rainbow Trail on the eastern side of the fire. 

Markalunas also said this weekend’s Banana Belt Race, using the Rainbow Trail near the fire, should go off as planned.  

The fire remains on national forest lands and primarily in the Wilderness.

The Decker fire is being managed to remove these high-risk fuels from the landscape for ecological benefit and to reduce the risk for catastrophic wildfires in the future.        

The fire will remain visible from Salida and the Highway 50 corridor.

There are no evacuations or closures at this time. 

Dan R

Danny “Dan R” Ridenour has been in radio and television broadcasting for 42 years, starting as a senior in high school at KAMO in Rogers, Arkansas.

Dan attended Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Arkansas from 1978-82 (where he picked up the name Dan R after his fraternity brothers couldn’t pronounce his last name), majoring in Radio/Television. Dan lived in Jonesboro for 10 years working in radio and then was a TV weatherman for ABC affiliate KAIT Channel 8.

Television was a little boring when compared to radio, so Dan returned to hosting radio morning shows in Nashville, Memphis, Oklahoma, and then eventually, Colorado.

Dan enjoys being involved in the community, having been an member of the Upper Arkansas Service Club and is currently on the board of directors for the Salida Community Center and is a member of the Chaffee County Fair Committee.

Dan and his wife Carrie spend their days doing everything the mountains have to offer: hiking, camping, fishing and skiing. They raised 3 children together and have 2 grandchildren.
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