Dover house trailer fire deemed an arson

  DOVER — A Thursday morning house trailer fire was being investigated as an arson, the Delaware Office of the State Fire Marshal said later in the day. The blaze, reported shortly after 11 a.m., occurred in the unit block of East Pinewood Drive near South State Street, spokesman Assistant State Fire Marshal Michael G. […]

Searchers in California wildfire step up efforts; 77 dead

CHICO, Calif. — Volunteers in white coveralls, hard hats and masks poked through ash and debris Sunday, searching for the remains of victims of the devastating Northern California wildfire before rains forecast this week complicate their efforts. While the predicted downpours could help tamp down blazes that have killed 77 people so far, they also […]

California town’s wildfire evacuation plan raises questions

MAGALIA, Calif. (AP) — Ten years ago, as two wildfires advanced on Paradise, residents jumped into their vehicles to flee and got stuck in gridlock. That led authorities to devise a staggered evacuation plan — one that they used when fire came again last week. But Paradise’s carefully laid plans quickly devolved into a panicked […]

Delaware firefighters travel to Northern Rockies to battle blazes

SMYRNA — The best part of it all for Delaware Forest Service Fire Program Director Kyle Hoyd is not when he dispatches firefighters from Delaware to distant regions across the country to battles blazes, but rather, when they come home. That’s when he knows his group has returned safely and is back with their families […]

Delaware sends firefighters to battle Western blazes

DOVER – A crew of 20 Delaware firefighters left Sunday for Montana to fight wildfires that are burning through a swath of Western states. It is the second crew in as many months to be dispatched from Delaware to fight the Western wildfires. A crew was dispatched in July to the Rocky Mountain region. The […]

FEMA grant helps Delaware Fire School keep teaching

DOVER — These aren’t just expensive, high-tech gadgets to play with that the Delaware Fire School has been purchasing with the Assistance to Firefighters Grants it has received from FEMA the past four years. Rather, they are useful training tools and materials that help make the training and education of firefighters and EMTs efficient and […]

Fireworks’ fires are a growing problem, official says

DOVER — Eleven fires resulted from consumer fireworks around the Fourth of July. Nine occurred on the holiday. Three related arrests were made. Assistant State Fire Marshal Michael Chionchio says the incidents constitute an uptick in fires compared to prior Fourth of July holidays. “We have not received any report of injuries,” said Mr. Chionchio. […]

Delaware team off to fight Colorado wildfires

SMYRNA — While most Delawareans were celebrating Independence Day on Wednesday, a trained 20-person volunteer wildfire crew with the Delaware Forest Service was traveling to Colorado’s Rocky Mountain region to battle forest fires. The group was called into action as a spate of uncontained large fires in the West have increased the demand for trained […]

Officials: Selbyville fire appeared to be set

SELBYVILLE — A Monday morning house fire that caused $75,000 appeared to be set, the Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office said. Investigation into the blaze at approximately 7:17 a.m. in the 27000 block of Shipwreck Drive continued Tuesday, authorities said. Roxana Volunteer Fire Company assisted by Selbyville and Frankford volunteer fire companies responded to the […]

COMMENTARY: Fire funding fix provides opportunity to help others

An American farmer — proud, hardworking, and resilient. Farming is a way of life, with stories of hardship and success passed down through the generations. Even with all the technology that our farmers have today, nothing can truly prepare a farmer for our current natural disasters. Over the past 10-15 years, we have seen an […]