Delaware’s wildland fire crew tackle wildfires in California

 Delaware's wildland fire crew is working to extinguish flames in California. (courtesy: Delaware Forest service)

Delaware's wildland fire crew is working to extinguish flames in California. (courtesy: Delaware Forest service)

Delaware fire fighters are part of the crews working on the California wildfires.

As a group of wildfires cover more than 8,000 acres in Trinity County, California, Delaware’s wildland fire crew is working to extinguish the flames known as the Fork Complex.

 

The 20-person crew was assigned Tuesday to the “Peak Fire,” which is one of more than 40 fires ignited by lighting between July 29 and 31, according to Kyle Hoyd, assistant forestry administrator for the Delaware Forest Service.

Hoyd reported that while the crew is doing well, the fire is in steep terrain with multiple hazards.

There currently are 1,005 personnel working on the wildfire. Fire resources include 32 crews, four helicopters, 59 engines, 16 dozers and 27 water tenders. According to reports, there currently have been two firefighter injuries.

The Rail fire, known locally as the Kingsbury fire, is actively burning and crews are making progress on containment lines, according to reports. Crews successfully back burned the area of Kingsbury Road. 

The Peak fire burned west Monday, and firefighters completed a shaded fuel break on the ground. Crews improved areas around residences as structures and protection lines also were completed.

As of Monday, the Blue fire was staying within current containment lines. Crew say the Shiell fire presents challenges because of steep terrain, and is expected to move slowly toward the Chanchelulla Wilderness.

Resources for the fires within the Fork Complex will continue to be assigned as available.

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