Delaware has sent a crew of 20 wild-land firefighters to battle the 65,000-acre Stuart Creek 2 fire, located 25 miles east of North Pole, Alaska.
The crew, under the direction of the Delaware Forest Service, departed July 5 from Blackbird State Forest in Smyrna. They have joined more than 600 personnel to battle this fire. The blaze is only 5 percent contained and burning through a mix of hardwoods and black spruce. The crew is assigned to a "remote spike camp" and tasked with preparing their own meals from fresh food boxes issued by fire officials.
According to a Monday update from the Eastern Area Coordination Center EACC, "The crew is still in staging at the "Tirebase" spike camp. Morale is high. Daytime temperatures have been in the 70s with nighttime temperatures in the 50s. Precipitation is forecasted for this afternoon and evening."
Crews typically serve 14 days on the fire line before traveling home.
For more information on the latest fire information: inciweb.org/incident/3468/, gacc.nifc.gov/eacc/logistics/crews/crews_files/iarr_report.pdf or nifc.gov/nicc/sitreprt.pdf.