Tuesday September, 7 2010 @ 06:39:19
Nature: Brush Fire
Address: Camp Arrowhead Rd., Millsboro, DE 19966
Early Tuesday morning of September 7th, the Indian River Volunteer Fire Company was alerted to assist the Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company with a brush and woods fire off of Camp Arrowhead Road in and around the area of Burton’s Island. A specific request was for marine units with water pumps because traditional firefighting apparatus could not access the area of concern.
Upon launching of 80 Marine Units, it was identified that approximately 1 to 1½ acres of dense woodland and brush on a completely isolated island in the area of Herring Creek off Rehoboth Bay was involved. Indian River’s Incident Command requested assistance via Rehoboth Beach’s Officer in Charge to solicit Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company as well as the State of Delaware Forestry Service to respond to the incident. The Delaware State Police Aviation Unit (Trooper 2) responded to provide an overhead evaluation of the incident and identify the most feasible access via the waterway.
All marine units were utilized to transport resources and manpower to the incident as well as establishing water pump operations with floating devices and gasoline powered submersible pumps or hard suction hoses to supply forestry fire suppression hoses and Indian tanks.
The Forestry Service provided initial suppression tactics and then initiated back burn strategies to minimize the overall potential for rapid fire spread. Most of the firefighting apparatus remained on-scene until approximately 11:30 a.m. while the forestry service provided surveillance and monitoring until approximately 1 p.m.
Various emergency response units traveled to various marinas along Herring Creek to gain access to the waterways. Apparatus was staged at the various locations on Camp Arrowhead Road, Joy Beach, Shawn’s Hide-a-way, and Indian River Inlet to mention a few.
Additional information may be obtained via the following websites:
(1) WGMD Radio 92.7 - http://www.wgmd.com/?p=9752
Marsh fire reported at Herring Creek
A marsh fire has occurred at an island on Herring Creek. Fire companies are still at the scene working to control the fire. They haven’t been able to control it at this point, according to the Rehoboth Beach Fire Company. WGMD will have further information when it becomes available.