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Delaware wildfire crew returns to First State

Date Posted: Saturday, September 10th, 2016
Categories:  Department of Agriculture Forest Service Kent County New Castle County Sussex County

After two weeks of battling wildfires in the rugged terrain of Idaho, a Delaware wildfire crew is returning to Blackbird State Forest on September 11 at approximately 8 a.m.

The team was dispatched by the Delaware Forest Service on August 25 at a time when the National Fire Preparedness Level was 4 on a 5-point scale. Over the past 14 days, the team battled the 52,972-acre Henry’s Creek Fire near Idaho Falls and the 1260-acre Grape Creek Fire, located 6 miles southwest of Elba, Idaho.




Delaware sends wildfire crew to Great Basin region

Date Posted: Thursday, August 25th, 2016
Categories:  Department of Agriculture Forest Service

Delaware is sending its second wildfire crew of the summer to the Great Basin region. Responding to a spike in wildfire activity in the West that has increased the National Fire Preparedness Level to 4 on a 5-point scale, Delaware has joined forces with neighboring Mid-Atlantic states (New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio) to dispatch five crews, a total of 100 firefighters, to battle fires in the Great Basin. The crews departed Harrisburg, PA for Salt Lake City on August 25. Delaware is now assigned to the Henry’s Creek Fire near Idaho Falls, Idaho.




Horse owners urged to make sure vaccinations are up to date

Date Posted: Wednesday, August 24th, 2016
Categories:  Department of Agriculture

West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalomyelitis both spread by mosquitoes DOVER – Delaware horse owners are being advised to make certain their equines’ vaccinations are current to protect against the threat of two potentially fatal diseases. Unvaccinated horses suffer most severely from both West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalomyelitis, which are spread by […]




WIC participants can now use WIC Farmers’ Market coupons at select Delaware farmers’ markets

Date Posted: Wednesday, August 24th, 2016
Categories:  Delaware Health and Social Services Department of Agriculture Public Health

Participants in Delaware’s Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program can now use special coupons to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables at 11 Delaware farmers’ markets under a pilot program beginning this week.




Ash tree-killing insect confirmed in Delaware

Date Posted: Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016
Categories:  Department of Agriculture Forest Service

A destructive, invasive beetle that kills ash trees, the emerald ash borer (EAB), has been confirmed in Delaware, making it the 28th state to have found the insect. The statewide impact is expected to be minimal, as ash trees make up only around two percent of Delaware’s tree stock and the state has been preparing for more than a decade. State forestry and plant health officials are providing advice to homeowners, municipalities and civic groups at de.gov/ashtrees.




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