Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Rangers return from Colorado firefighting

Fighting Wildfires: On Nov. 3, DEC welcomed back the State’s fourth team of volunteer wildland firefighters from the Divisions of Forest Protection, Lands and Forests, and Fish and Wildlife that were deployed to help battle and contain wildfires raging in western states.

The crew flew to Denver, Colorado, on Oct. 17 for deployment from the Rocky Mountain Coordination Center and were initially assigned to the Cameron Peak fire for nighttime operations, patrol, and structure defense. Their second assignment was at the East Troublesome fire for daytime operations.

The crew was reassigned to Cameron Peak due to sub-freezing temperatures and heavy snow.

The returning crew includes a DEC Forest Ranger crew boss and nine firefighters:

  • Scott Jackson, Forest Ranger, Crew Boss, Oswego County
  • Mark Brand, Forest Ranger, Ulster County
  • James Canevari, DEC Division of Fish and Wildlife, St. Lawrence County
  • Aaron Graves, DEC Division of Lands and Forest, St. Lawrence County
  • Tyler Kulikowski – DEC Division of Lands and Forest, Steuben County
  • Kramer Kwaczala – DEC Division of Lands and Forest, Albany County
  • Gary Miller, Forest Ranger, Hamilton County
  • Tyler Mitchell, Forest Ranger, Schenectady County
  • Joseph Nelson – DEC Division of Fish and Wildlife, Otsego County
  • Arthur Perryman, Forest Ranger, Warren County

Firefighting crew outside being welcomed back by Commissioner Seggos
At top: Wildland firefighting techniques used in Colorado over the last two weeks. Above: DEC Commissioner Seggos (right) welcomed back the latest firefighting crew upon their return on Nov. 3. DEC photos.


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Melissa is a journalist with experience as a reporter and editor with the Burlington Free Press, Ithaca Journal and Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. She worked as a communications specialist for the Adirondack North Country Association and is currently digital editor for Adirondack Explorer, overseeing both the Explorer's website and its community forum the Adirondack Almanack. She enjoys hiking, camping and other outdoors activities, and spending time with her husband, their twin daughters, and rescue animals -- two dogs and two cats.

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