Delaware sends 20-person crew to battle wildfire near North Pole, Alaska
Contact: John Petersen, Delaware Forest Service, 302-233-8180 (cell)
A crew of 20 wildland firefighters under the direction of the Delaware Forest Service that departed on Friday, July 5 from Blackbird State Forest in Smyrna has joined over 680 personnel working on the 65,000-acre Stuart Creek 2 fire, located 25 miles east of North Pole, Alaska. The blaze is only 5 percent contained and burning through a mix of hardwoods and black spruce. The crew is assigned to a “remote spike camp” and tasked with preparing their own meals from “fresh food boxes” issued by fire officials. Delaware’s firefighters are also making the adjustment to the long hours of daylight typical to an Alaskan summer. Their first operational day on the fire was scheduled to be Monday, July 8.
According to a Monday update from the Eastern Area Coordination Center EACC, “The crew is still in staging at the “Tirebase” spike camp. Morale is high. Daytime temperatures have been in the seventies with nighttime temperatures in the fifties. Precipitation is forecasted for this afternoon and evening.”
Crews typically serve 14 days on the fire line before traveling home.
The National Preparedness Level is now at 3 on a 5-point scale.
The latest fire information on Stuart Creek 2: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3468/
Delaware’s Eastern Area Inter-Agency Resource Representative (IARR) Crew Report:
National Incident Management Situation Report: http://www.nifc.gov/nicc/sitreprt.pdf
Selected photos from crew mobilization at Blackbird State Forest: