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Update: Delaware crew in California as officials increase “National Fire Preparedness Level” to maximum of 5 on a 5-point scale

Date Posted: Thursday, August 13th, 2015
Categories:  Department of Agriculture Forest Service

A wildfire crew led by the Delaware Forest Service is near completion of a two-week assignment on the Fork Complex Fire, a 28,736-acre blaze near Hayfork, California in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. Almost 2,400 personnel are battling the fire that is currently 26 percent contained. The Fork Complex is one of several large wildfires in Northern California that together cover more than 223,000 acres, one of the major factors that prompted the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) to increase its National Preparedness Level today to the maximum of 5 on a 5-point scale.




Update on Delaware Forest Service wildfire crew in California

Date Posted: Thursday, August 6th, 2015
Categories:  Department of Agriculture Forest Service

A team of 20 wildland firefighters under the direction of the Delaware Forest Service is working with 1,165 personnel currently battling the Fork Complex, a group of lightning-caused fires near Hayfork, California that totals 11,862 acres but is only 7 percent contained. Kyle Hoyd, the Delaware Forest Service’s assistant forestry administrator, summarized the crew’s effort: “We did a burnout with two engine teams on the Peak Fire off of a dozer line and put hand line around several structures in the same area.” Earlier in the week, Hoyd reported that “everyone is doing well” but the “fire is in steep terrain with multiple hazards.”




Delaware wildfire crew fighting blazes in N. California

Date Posted: Monday, August 3rd, 2015
Categories:  Department of Agriculture Forest Service

The Delaware Forest Service has dispatched a 20-person wildfire crew to help fight a wave of lightning-caused wildfires around Hayfork, California in the area of the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. California has declared a state of emergency and the Northern California Region is now at a maximum Preparedness Level of 5 on a 5-point scale. Delaware’s team is part of almost 1,500 personnel on the Fork Complex Fire, a group of blazes totaling more than 25,000 acres near Hayfork, CA that is only 5 percent contained.




Governor’s Weekly Message: Celebrating Ongoing Agricultural Efforts at the Delaware State Fair

Date Posted: Friday, July 31st, 2015
Categories:  Department of Agriculture Kent County New Castle County Sussex County Weekly Message

Governor Markell shares his highlights from Governor’s Day at the 2015 Delaware State Fair.




Waterfowl prohibited from Delaware State Fair in avian influenza precaution

Date Posted: Monday, June 22nd, 2015
Categories:  Department of Agriculture

To protect against the spread of avian influenza, the Delaware Department of Agriculture is prohibiting waterfowl entries in the poultry competitions at the Delaware State Fair next month. “This action is being taken out of an abundance of caution to guard against the spread of avian influenza,” said Delaware State Veterinarian Dr. Heather Hirst. There have been no East Coast cases of the disease. There are no immediate public health concerns, and poultry and eggs which are properly prepared and cooked are still safe to eat.




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