Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Lost hikers, illegal brush fire and more

forest ranger reportsRecent NYS DEC Forest Ranger actions:

Town of Fort Ann
Washington County
Wilderness Rescue:
 On Mar. 20 at 8:11 p.m., DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch received a request for Forest Ranger assistance from Warren County 911 for a report of three 19-year-old hikers from Saratoga Springs lost on Buck Mountain in the Lake George Wild Forest. The reporting party stated the hikers had no light source and were cold. Forest Rangers St. Claire and Donegan responded to the trailhead and hiked into the woods, locating the lost group at 9:44 p.m. The hikers were in good condition and able to hike out on their own. All parties involved were cleared of the incident at 10:15 p.m.

Town of Salem
Washington County
Wildland Fire:
 On Mar. 21 at 3:28 p.m., Forest Ranger Quinn responded to the town of Salem for a report of a brush fire. Fire crews had extinguished the fire by the time Ranger Quinn arrived, but after a brief investigation, the property owner was issued a ticket for setting forest lands on fire during the State’s residential brush burning ban. Ranger Quinn was clear of the scene by 4 p.m. To reduce the number of spring brush fires, New York State’s residential brush burning ban is in effect through May 14For more information, go to DEC’s website.

Town of Warrensburg
Warren County
Wilderness Rescue:
 On Mar. 21 at 7:42 p.m., DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from Warren County 911 reporting a woman lost with her two horses on private property in the town of Warrensburg. The 22-year-old subject from Queensbury became lost when she left the trail to take a shortcut back to her starting point. At 9:16 p.m., Forest Ranger Savarie advised dispatch that the woman and her horses were located and safely escorted back to their barn. Ranger Savarie was clear from the scene shortly afterward.

New York State DEC staff continue to serve in leadership roles at COVID-19 testing and vaccination sites across the state. For information about efforts to vaccinate New Yorkers and to check eligibility for vaccinations, go to NYS Department of Health’s COVID-19 Vaccine website.

Be sure to properly prepare and plan before entering the backcountry. Visit DEC’s Hike Smart NYAdirondack Backcountry Information and Catskill Backcountry Information webpages for more information.

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Information attributed to NYSDEC is taken from press releases and news announcements from New York State's Department of Environmental Conservation.

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