Wednesday, June 28, 2023

Pitchoff Mt. hiker suffers ankle injury, rangers & pilots participate in Lake Clear bucket training

forest ranger reportHamlet of Lake Clear
Hamilton County
 On June 21, four pilots from New York State Police (NYSP) Aviation and six Forest Rangers participated in bucket training. Rangers work in tandem with NYSP pilots to fill the 240-gallon bucket before determining the proper altitude to dump the water on mock wildfires during the training.

Video from the bucket training is available on the DEC website:

Bucket training on Lake Clear

Bucket training on Lake Clear. NYS DEC photo.

Bucket training on Lake Clear.

Bucket training on Lake Clear. NYS DEC photo.

Town of Keene
Essex County
Wilderness Rescue:
 On June 25 at 2:15 p.m., Forest Rangers responded to Pitchoff Mountain for a report of a hiker with an ankle injury. Ranger O’Connor reached the 60-year-old from Canada and splinted his ankle. Ranger O’Connor and other hikers started helping the subject back down the mountain. Additional Rangers arrived to assist the hiker. They reached the trailhead by 5:30 p.m., where the patient was taken to the hospital for further care.

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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