Local firefighters battle wildfires in California

MCTJ Felton firefighters in Calif 8-19-15

Above, Jennifer DeCarlo of Felton, part of Delaware’s wildfire crew, battles the Fork Complex fire.

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The Fork Complex Fire in Northern California has burned more than 27,000 acres. A crew from Delaware is part of almost 2,400 personnel fighting the fire. The California wildfires have prompted fire officials to raise the National Preparedness Level to the maximum of 5 on a 5-point scale. Photo by Chris Sturm/Delaware Forest Service.

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Kyle Hoyd of Felton, the Delaware Forest Service’s assistant forestry administrator, is part of a 20-person crew battling the Fork Complex fire. With an increasingly high demand for firefighters and resources, Delaware state forester and veteran crew boss Michael Valenti of Dover will be leading a crew from Maryland that is expected to be assigned to fight fires in Montana in the Northern Rockies fire region. Valenti will be accompanied by his son Nathan, who will be on his first firefighting assignment. Keep up with latest news on the wildfire crew at www.facebook.com/DelForestService.

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