Twenty wildland firefighters from Delaware are helping battle the Copper Mountain Fire now covering 180 acres in northern Idaho, according to the Delaware Forest Service.
The crew is part of 137 personnel battling the fire located four miles east of Eastport, Idaho on the Canadian border.
Michael A. Valenti of Dover, Delaware’s state forester and crew boss, reports 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 MRE’s (Meals Ready-to-Eat).
According to a department news release, 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 on August 2.
The fire is only 20% contained as of August 13 and is being managed by a Type 3 incident management team led by Rod Weeks.
Firefighters are continuing line construction on both flanks of the fire and attempting to hold existing line.
Fire officials are also coordinating with the British Columbia Wildfire Service on suppression efforts.