Gov. John Carney and Secretary of Agriculture Michael T. Scuse celebrated the 90th anniversary of the Delaware Forest Service and honored the wildfire crew that returned from two weeks battling fires in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains during a ceremony held July 27 at the Delaware State Fair.

The crew, which left Delaware July 8 and returned July 23, first tackled the 700-acre Wilson Fire near Meeker, Colorado, which was started by lightning July 7. The firefighters moved on to the Grizzly Fire before finishing up on the Dragon Fire located south of Rangely, Colorado. Delaware’s team included 17 state and federal firefighters from Delaware and three from West Virginia.

“The Forest Service has done unbelievable work over 90 years,” Carney told the audience. “As we celebrate 98 years of the Delaware State Fair, we’ve got a lot of other milestones that are happening, including the recognition of Delaware’s state forestry service for 90 years of operation and their tremendous work.”