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Back to News Updates – September 22, 2020


Battling Wildfires in 2020

It is not unusual for Mt. Cuba staff to go above and beyond their job duties to lend a helping hand, especially when it comes to taking conservation action. And while 2020 has been far from usual for all of us, our Natural Lands manager, Nathan Shampine, has had a particularly interesting year.

 He just returned from battling wildfires in Arizona and California as part of a 20-person crew organized by the Delaware Forest Service. Over a series of weeks, they worked tirelessly to protect property, natural areas, and cultural resources. 

He was first assigned to the Griffin Fire on the Tonto National Forest and the Rockhouse Fire on the San Carlos Indian Reservation in Arizona. Combined, these fires totaled more than 81,000 acres burned. Once contained, the crew was reassigned to the Valley Fire in the Cleveland National Forest in California. This fire encompassed almost 20,000 acres and threatened many homes nearby. The crew was transported by helicopter to a remote work location and spent four days securing the edge of the fire to make sure it was out and wouldn’t spread any further.

We are glad to be able to support and assist our conservation community across the country.