Delaware sending wildfire crew to Utah in response to large fires in West
Contact: John Petersen, Delaware Forest Service Community Relations Officer
(302) 233-8180 – cell
Click here for photo album from DES#2 – Fire crew mobilization at Blackbird State Forest on Sunday, August 11.
In response to increased fire activity in the West, the Delaware Forest Service is sending a 20-person crew of wildland firefighters to Utah. The crew will be “pre-positioned” there before its likely assignment to a fire in the Eastern Great Basin region. This is the second crew that Delaware has dispatched this summer – the first team was sent to battle an 85,000-acre blaze near North Pole, Alaska in July.
The 20-person team departed at approximately 3 p.m. on Sunday, August 11, from Blackbird State Forest, 502 Blackbird Forest Road, Smyrna, DE, 19977. They will be boarding a flight to Salt Lake City, Utah from Harrisburg, PA on the morning of Monday, August 12.
The National Interagency Fire Center in Boise Idaho (http://www.nifc.gov) has increased its National Preparedness Level to 4 on a 5-point scale, in response to the fact that “36 wildfires are burning in eight western states and Alaska and nine new large fires have been reported in Arizona, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon and Wyoming.”
Wildfire Crew Members and Hometowns:
|Samual L. Topper*||Federalsburg, MD|
|Scott A. Veasey||Millsboro|
|Guy W. Cooper||Millville|
|Tyler S. Torres||Smyrna|
|Jonathan E. Stave||Newark|
|Brian K. Ward||Houston|
|Jeffrey A. Wilson||Clayton|
|Todd W. Shaffer||Atglen, PA|
|Luke Spencer Terrell||Salisbury, MD|
|Kyle M. Kokoszka||Middletown|
|William Keegan Ruark||Towson, MD|
|Brian P. Keszler||Middletown|
|Robert S. Baldwin||Chestertown, MD|
|Bartholomew D. Wilson||Dover|
|Michael Davis Hyde||Havre de Grace, MD|
|Michael A. Valenti||Dover|
A Preparedness Level IV is triggered under the following conditions:
- Three or more Geographic Areas are experiencing incidents requiring Type 1 and 2 IMTs.
- Competition exists between Geographic Areas.
- Nationally, 60 percent of Type 1 and 2 IMTs and crews are committed.