The Decker Fire, burning in the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness Area in the San Luis Valley, has doubled in size to 245 acres.
The Decker Fire remains active, as it reached the ridge between Simmons Peak and Methodist Mountain. The fire continues to back down the east side of the ridge.
Flames may be visible from Salida and the Highway 50 corridor.
Additional resources arrived yesterday to manage the fire. Firefighters will continue to monitor the fire and work to ensure that the fire remains within the national forest.
Fire managers have transitioned command of the Decker Fire to a Type 3 organization to better manage incoming resources.
Lightning started the fire last Sunday.
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.