Delaware’s wildfire crew is returning to Delaware after wrapping up a two-week assignment fighting blazes in Idaho’s Panhandle National Forests region.

The crew is scheduled to be back at Blackbird State Forest in Smyrna at about 6 p.m. Aug. 23.

The Delaware Forest Service dispatched the team of 20 wildland firefighters Aug. 4 to Montana, and the crew was immediately sent to northern Idaho to fight the Copper Mountain Fire, situated on the Canadian border. While there, the crew stayed in the somewhat primitive conditions of “spike camp” and ate meals ready-to-eat. The crew battled the Cougar Fire, a 5,880-acre blaze burning in steep rugged terrain located approximately 5 miles east of Hope, Idaho. The fire was only 26 percent contained as of Aug. 22. The National Fire Preparedness Level remains at five on a five-point scale. The Incident Management Situation Report for Aug. 22 shows that 105 active incidents are now burning a total of 1.85 million acres. There are currently 513 wildfire crews on assignment, along with 1,387 engines and a total of 25,583 personnel committed.

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