Cresco Complex – 16 Mile Fire & Beartown Road Fire

On April 20th, NBWFC was dispatched to what was, at the time of dispatch, an hours old, but rapidly growing pair of fires in Pike and Monroe counties, Northeast PA. The larger of the two fires at 900 acres was the 16 Mile Fire, while the smaller of the two, the Beartown Road Fire, was burning about 300 acres but threatening structures.

NBWFC was assigned to the Beartown Road fire and worked overnight into Thursday, 4/21 on a successful 200+ acre burnout operation to protect nearby homes. The crew worked an additional operational period on 4/21 doing extensive saw work on the fire.

NBWFC was called again the following day to provide overnight structure protection with engine 907 and a crew.

On 4/24, NBWFC was again recalled for what was two 16 hour operation periods lasting through 4/25, assigned to the 16 mile fire, which ultimately grew to 8000+ acres. The crew worked extensively in division Yankee to secure and protect dozer line, doing heavy saw work, line improvement, direct attack and burnout operations.



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