Fire Stories

Fire stories from the national parks highlight events, incidents, and the like, associated with fire and fuels management, as well as fire education, technology, partnerships, and more. Stories highlight work related to Department of the Interior initiatives as well as local and regional initiatives.

Contractors at work. All photos by Tomas Liogys, NPS.

Repeater, Repeater

Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area (PA, NJ)
National Fire Plan, Fuels Reduction*

Two-way radios need signal repeaters to work well in most national parks. Protecting repeater sites is part of providing for effective communication during wildland fires and other emergencies. Contractors completed such a project on Mount Minsi in Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area in July 2009. TNA Construction, LLC of Bloomfield, Indiana thinned vegetation along the road up to the repeater site, then around the site itself, for a total of five acres.

Top: Repeater site prior to vegetation thinning. Bottom: Repeater site after to vegetation thinning. All photos by Tomas Liogys, NPS.

In November 2006, about eight acres near the park's Crater Lake repeater site was protected through similar work by Utilities Forestry Services, Inc. of Clearfield, Pennsylvania. The installation is critical infrastructure for the National Park Service and several New Jersey state agencies. The need to better protect the site was identified during a tabletop inter-agency emergency preparedness exercise.

Delaware Water Gap NRA preserves relatively unspoiled land on both the New Jersey and Pennsylvania sides of the Middle Delaware National Scenic River. The river segment flows through the famous gap in the Appalachian Mountains. The park is bordered by extensive wildland intermix development.

Contact: Cliff Lively, Fire Management Officer
Phone: (570) 588-1845

Contact: Tomas Liogys, Prescribed Fire and Fuels Technician
Phone: (570) 429-2429

Contact: Deb Nordeen, Park Ranger/Public Affairs
Phone: (570) 426-2447

*This story supports Department of the Interior initiatives.