Delaware Firefighters Battling Colorado Wildfires

Delaware’s wildfire crew is in Colorado after the mobilizing at Blackbird State Forest near Smyrna on Saturday. The traveled to Harrisburg and flew to Colorado to pre-position for a pending assignment. The Rocky Mountain region has several large uncontained fires and the National Preparedness Level is now at 3.

Delaware’s wildfire crew is now working on the 300-acre Wilson Fire, located 9 miles north of Meeker, Colorado in Rio Blanco County, according to a post on the Delaware Forest Service Facebook page.

Started by lightning on July 7, the blaze is currently 15 percent contained and is threatening oil and gas production equipment. The wildfire is being managed by a Type 3 Incident Management Team (IMT) and there are currently 146 personnel assigned.

Several crews are digging an indirect line in preparation for a planned back burn. County officials are expecting thunderstorm activity with possible dry lightning over the next 48 hours and will watch areas for any strikes that might lead to new starts

Source: Delaware Forest Service Facebook page

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