Meet the Midewin Hotshot crew Friday

Did you know that the Chicago area is home base to a wildfire Hotshot crew?
The Midewin Interagency Hotshot Crew is based right here in Wilmington! In honor of Smokey Bear’s 75th birthday, the public is invited to meet the Midewin Hotshots Friday, Aug. 9, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the USDA Forest Service – Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, at 30239 Highway 53, Wilmington. There will be fire safety lessons and activities for kids, movies and at 2:30 the staff and visitors will sing Happy Birthday to Smokey Bear.
Midewin is host to the only Interagency Hotshot Crew in the USDA Forest Service – Eastern Region.