Jeff Wilson of Clayton and Nathaniel Sommers of Smyrna were part of the Delaware wildfire crew that recently returned from battling forest fires in Colorado's Rocky Mountains.
Jeff Wilson of Clayton and Nathaniel Sommers of Smyrna were part of the Delaware wildfire crew that recently returned from battling forest fires in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains.
Gov. John C. Carney and Secretary of Agriculture Michael T. Scuse honored the crew members during the 90th anniversary celebration of the Delaware Forest Service at the Delaware State Fair July 27.
The crew, which left the First State on July 8 and returned on July 23, first tackled the 700-acre Wilson Fire near Meeker, Colorado – started by lightning on July 7. The firefighters then moved on to the Grizzly Fire before finishing up on the Dragon Fire just 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.”