Fire Calls

Wednesday – Thursday, May 20-21, 2020

On May 20th, 2020, NBWFC was dispatched to assist with the NS130 fire in the Lehigh Gorge area. The crew was put on night operations and worked throughout the night to help contain the 250 acre blaze working with heavy equipment, doing line improvement and burning out. The crew was released in the morning an the fire completely contained later that day.


Saturday, April 14th, 2018

Crews were dispatched to a 10 acre fire in Hereford Township the evening of Saturday, April 14th. Near a stretch of power lines, the fire quickly spread. NBWFC responded with a crew of 13 and assisted with felling operations, heavy mop up and line construction.

Friday, April 13th, 2018

In the early morning of Friday the 13th, crews were dispatched to a fire on a wooden bridge in Lancaster county, PA. The crew engaged the fire for almost 16 hours on steep terrain, shifting responsibilities from line construction to wet line work to burnout operations while trying to contain spot fires. Crews returned to station near midnight.



Tuesday – Wednesday, November 22nd – 23rd, 2016

On 11/22/2016, Northern Bucks was dispatched to help contain a fire burning on Mount Penn, directly above the city of Reading. The fire had spread rapidly the previous day and overnight, threatening nearby homes and the city’s famous Pagoda building. In what turned out to be two days of operations, crews performed line construction, wet and dry mop up, saw work and burnout operations until the fire was fully contained.

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Wednesday – Monday, April 20th – 25th, 2016

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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Friday – Saturday, April 1st – 2nd, 2016

NBWFC was dispatched on April 1st of 2016 to a 20 acre blaze that had the possibility to repeat itself all over again.  In 2014, at the same location, the crew fought a 750 acre fire that lasted roughly 5 days. It was one of the largest fires the crew had engaged on at that point. The “Hopewell 2″ 2016 fire was the crew’s first fire for the season. Although only 20 acres, it was a two day assignment which saw the team tasked with a lot of saw work and mop up.  NBWFC responded 15 strong to assist William Penn Forest District.

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Wednesday – Thursday, May 13th-14th, 2015

On Wednesday, 5/13/15, NBWFC was dispatched to a fire near Shenandoah Heights, in Schuylkill County, PA. The crew arrived to a smoldering fire of 215+ acres and was assigned to patrol the line and protect the structures off of Texas Avenue.  Command released NBWFC at 0400 hrs the following morning after a night of patrols and fire line improvement.

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Sunday – Tuesday, May 3rd-5th, 2015

On Sunday, 5/3/15, NBWFC was dispatched to assist on a fire on Jack Frost Mountain in Carbon County, PA. Initially sized at 30 acres, the blaze grew to 165 acres on the first day before ultimately spreading to over 600 acres. Northern Bucks spent two overnights on the mountain with Engine 907 and Trailer 907. NBWFC worked with other crews and performed direct attack, saw operations, burnout operations, patrolled fire line and extinguished hot spots with wet and dry mop up.

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Saturday-Sunday, April 18th-19th, 2015

On 4.18.15, NBWFC was dispatched to assist on a wildfire in Lower Saucon Township township, Northampton  County. The crew arrived and assisted DCNR for over 3 hours, doing extensive mop up and saw operations.

Soon after, the crew was dispatched to assist on a fire on the Blue Mountain which had grown to hundreds of acres. The crew arrived around 2100hrs and worked throughout the night, coordinating with multiple resources, cutting hot line and assisting DCNR with size up and achievement of tactical objectives. After spending all night on the mountain, the crew was released by command at 0500hrs the following morning.

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Monday-Tuesday, April 6th-7th, 2015

On 4.6.15, NBWFC was dispatched to assist on two wildfires in district 17. The first was a 7 acre blaze in Hanover Township, Montgomery county. The crew arrived 15 strong and assisted local resources patrolling fire line, felling trees with two sawyer teams and mopping up.

The crew was soon redirected from the Hanover fire to a 25-30 acre blaze on the top of the Blue Mountain in the Lehigh Valley. There, members patrolled the fireline from 1700hrs until 0500hrs the next morning. The crew made certain the fire remained under control by locating and extinguishing hot spots with patrols throughout the night.

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Friday, April 25th, 2014

On April 25, 2014 eleven members of Northern Bucks Wildland Fire Crew were called upon to help control a wildfire in District 19 called “Dark Hollow Fire”.  Due to the dry weather conditions the fire quickly grew to several hundred acres in size.  Crew members assisted in back burn, line construction, and sawyer operations.  NBWFC members operated on the fire for several hours before a steady rain assisted in extinguishing the fire.  NBWFC members returned safely to the station shortly after midnight.


Wednesday, November 14, 2013

NBWFC was dispatched via Bucks County Radio to assist with a six acre fire in Richland Township Bucks County.  The fire burned two out buildings, a car, and six acres.  Members of NBWFC responded with Engine 907 and assisted with Initial Attack and Mop -Up.  After several operational hours the crew returned home safely.


Tuesday, April 17th, 2012:

NBWFC was called to a fire which had broken out in Lower Saucon Valley, PA, in Northampton County. It was roughly a 10 acre fire caused by a downed power line on a hillside overlooking the Lehigh Canal. NBWFC responded with a crew of about 8 members, and worked with local resources to help contain and extinguish the blaze by cutting fire line and working with dozers to improve dozer lines. The crew also engaged in saw operations and dug a cup trench on the hillside until they could continue no further due to steep grades.


Monday, April 9, 2012:

The Hopewell Fire occurred in spring 2012 and was located next to the Hopewell Furnace National Park (French Creek State Park). The total size of the fire was approximately 741 acres. This fire turned out to be one of the costliest fires in Pennsylvania state history.

In all, NBWFC had roughly 30 crew members respond to the fire. The crews logged a total of about 550 man hours while working to battle the blaze, including 10 hours of pump time for Engine 907. Crew members spent several nights and days over a week with numerous other local fire companies to help contain and extinguish the blaze.


Sunday, April 8, 2012:

The NBWFC was dispatched in their own backyard, Haycock Mountain, for a four acre fire. Engine and trailer 907 responded with eight personnel. Throughout the night, crews worked to improve fire lines and suppress the fire. Terrain was very difficult to navigate due the fire’s location around large boulder fields.



March 19th & 20th, 2010:

NBWFC was dispatched to a wildfire on the Appalachian trail, on top of the Blue Mt. in Lehigh township, Northampton County. The call went out about 12:00pm on Friday. Multiple fire companies were dispatched to the incident from surrounding counties and other Districts. The size of the fire was a total of 35 acres, and the crew had 15 members on the incident, many of whom stayed overnight to continue night operations in an effort to contain the blaze.


April 8th, 2010:

NBWFC was dispatched to District 11 for a 250 acre fire named The Lehigh River Fire, which occurred near the Bear creek preserve along the Lehigh River. The crew was there for about four hours doing mop-up and fire patrol before being re-dispatched to another fire in Scranton PA, the East Mountain Fire.

The crew arrived at the East Mountain Fire and was the first hand crew on scene. They operated as the IA crew for the first several hours of this incident. NBWFC worked hand in hand with all air operations and ground forces. District 11 was ordered two D-8 dozers to work the night ops. The crew had great success with the ground assault on the head of the fire, which was advancing on structures about a mile away. The crew was released around 22:00 pm with many thanks from the district.

April 19, 2009:

NBWFC was called to the Laurel Mountain Fire, in PA District 11, near Wilkes Barre. The fire burned a total of about 210 acres. NBWFC responded with twelve members at 0500 hours Sunday morning and returned around 2100 hours. During the day the crew assisted with fire containment and mop up operations.


April 2008:

NBWFC was called to the “Bull Run Fire” near Williamsport, Pennsylvania. The fire was approximately 4000 acres in size and had put many cabins and homes in danger. The crew, numbering ten members, stayed in Williamsport for two nights and two days while battling the blaze. The crew was able to build a strong fire line and perform back-burning operations before weather turned favorable and rain extinguished the bulk of the fire.

April 2008:

The Goose Pond Fire occurred in 2008 in Pike County, Pennsylvania. It was approximately 500 acres in size. Members of NBWFC traveled north, where they met up with several members from Germansville. The crews combined and traveled to the fire together.

During the fire the crew hiked roughly a mile and a half through rough terrain and proceeded to cut a line on the southeast flank of the fire. While out on the fire line, crews encountered several spot fires and also performed back-burning operations well into the night. The crews encountered flames up to twenty-five feet in length during their operations. The fire was eventually contained and extinguished, and the crew returned home safely around 2300 hrs.

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