Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Rangers assist with wilderness searches, fire in Black Brook

forest ranger reportTown of North Elba
Essex County
Wilderness Search:
 On June 16 at 4:55 p.m., Forest Rangers Curcio, Lewis, and Praczkajlo responded to a report of a hiker with an ankle injury on Algonquin Peak. Rangers reached the 30-year-old subject from Virginia at 6:55 p.m. and splinted her injury.

Rangers then helped the subject down the mountain. The hiker reached her vehicle at 8:45 p.m.

Town of North Elba
Essex County
Wilderness Search:
 On June 16 at 7:50 p.m., Ray Brook Dispatch requested Forest Ranger assistance in the response to a 22-year-old from Pennsylvania who had suffered a head injury in Avalanche Pass.

By 9 p.m., Ranger Curcio made contact with the individual and her hiking group not far from Marcy Dam. Ranger Curcio assisted the group back to the trailhead and suggested the subject seek further medical attention. Resources were clear at 10:05 p.m.

Town of Wells
Hamilton County
Wilderness Search:
 On June 18 at 8:30 p.m., Forest Rangers Kerr, Miller, and Nally responded to a search for a 19-year-old intoxicated subject who had left the Whitehouse campsite at 11 a.m. to go fishing and did not return. Shortly before 10 p.m., Rangers located the subject near the campsite. After further investigation, Rangers issued tickets to six individuals at the campsite for possession of alcohol by a minor on State land. All subjects were turned over to their parents.

Town of Black Brook
Clinton County
Wildland Fire:
 On June 19 at 5:20 p.m., Clinton County requested Forest Ranger assistance with a wildfire off of Guideboard Road in the town of Black Brook. Rangers Black and Russell responded to the seven-acre fire along with Saranac and Au Sable Forks fire departments. Additional Rangers responded the following morning, and by 12:15 p.m., the fire was contained.

Fire in Black Brook. DEC photos.

Town of Fine
St. Lawrence County
Forest Ranger Academy:
 This month, the Division of Forest Protection continued the 23rd Basic School for Forest Rangers hosted at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry’s Ranger School campus in Wanakena. Ranger recruits recently received 35 hours of Wilderness First Responder Training. Upon graduation, recruits will be assigned to patrol public lands across the state.

Ranger recruits training to be wilderness first responders. DEC photo.

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.

If a person needs a Forest Ranger, whether it’s for a search and rescue, to report a wildfire, or to report illegal activity on state lands and easements, they should call 833-NYS-RANGERS. If a person needs urgent assistance, they can call 911. To contact a Forest Ranger for information about a specific location, the DEC website has phone numbers for every Ranger listed by region.

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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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