Pockets of unburned fuel were active on the Decker Fire yesterday. The result was more smoke blowing into Howard.
Helicopters were able to fly and drop water on those hotspots for most of the day.
The Decker Fire is listed today at 6,482 acres and containment has grown to 14 percent with containment progress being made on the north side of the fire. 896 firefighting personnel are currently working the fire.
Crews continue to work on strengthening containment lines around the Decker Fire, including hand line and dozer lines to protect the eastern portion of the fire toward the Howard area. The structure protection crews will also remain present in Howard.
Besides the 896 firefighters working the fire, the response also includes 29 engines, 3 dozers and 8 aircraft.
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.