The crew organized by the Delaware Forest Service included two members from Smyrna, Tyler Torres and Nathaniel Sommers, who returned safely to Blackbird State Forest this past weekend.
After a successful effort to help contain the 89,000-acre La Brea Fire in California’s Los Padres National Forest, Delaware’s 20-member wildfire crew returned home safely this past weekend.
The crew organized by the Delaware Forest Service included two members from Smyrna, Tyler Torres and Nathaniel Sommers.
Officials said that the blaze 21 miles east of Santa Maria was started by a cooking fire at an illegal marijuana trafficking operation on August 8, according to Delaware Forest Service spokesman John Petersen.
Working cautiously in very steep terrain, the Delaware crew encountered one of their first opportunities to battle a blaze in a primarily “chaparral” fuel type. Unique to California and a handful of other sites around the world, a typical chaparral plant community consists of densely-growing evergreen scrub oaks and other drought-resistant shrubs.
Because safety is always the crew’s highest priority, the firefighters made sure that no unnecessary risks were taken during their 15-day assignment, which also included helping at a forest fire in Utah.