Twenty wildland firefighters from Delaware are part of 137 personnel battling the Copper Mountain Fire, a 180-acre blaze located four miles east of Eastport, Idaho, on the Canadian border.
Michael A. Valenti, of Dover, Delaware’s state forester and crew boss, reported that “firefighters are working in rough terrain and completing very long hikes to and from the fire each day.”
The crew is staying in the relatively primitive conditions of a spike camp near the incident and eating meals ready-to-eat. A “spike camp” is a remote camp near a fire line that lacks the logistical support of a larger fire camp, such as catered meals and hot showers.
The Copper Mountain Fire is a lightning-caused blaze burning in timber that started Aug. 2. The fire is 20 percent contained as of Aug. 13 and is being managed by a Type 3 incident management team led by Rod Weeks. Firefighters are continuing line construction on the flanks of the fire and attempting to hold existing line. Fire officials are also coordinating with the British Columbia Wildfire Service on suppression efforts.
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