Delaware’s wildfire crew returns to the First State this week after wrapping up a successful two-week assignment fighting blazes in northern Idaho’s Panhandle National Forests. The crew is scheduled to be back at Blackbird State Forest on Thursday, August 23, at approximately 6:15 p.m.
The Delaware Forest Service dispatched the team of 20 wildland firefighters to Montana on August 4 and the crew was immediately sent to northern Idaho to fight the Copper Mountain Fire, situated on the Canadian border. This past week, the crew battled the Cougar Fire, a 5,880-acre blaze burning in steep rugged terrain located approximately 5 miles east of Hope, Idaho.
Twenty wildland firefighters from Delaware are battling the Copper Mountain Fire, a 180-acre blaze located four miles east of Eastport, Idaho on the Canadian border that is 20% contained as of August 12. Delaware’s crew comprises part of the 137 personnel currently assigned to the incident. Michael A. Valenti of Dover, Delaware’s state forester and crew boss for the team, reports that firefighters are working in rough terrain and completing very long hikes to and from the fire each day.