Wednesday, May 1, 2024

Lost, injured hikers in Essex County, Washington County brush fire contained

forest ranger reports graphicTown of North Hudson
Essex County
Wilderness Rescue: On April 23 at 9 p.m., Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from Essex County 911 about a hiker in distress on the Hunters Pass trail. The 32-year-old hiker had injured her knee, and her flashlight was dying. Forest Rangers reached the subject at 11 p.m. and walked her back to the trailhead.

Town of Keene
Essex County
Wilderness Rescue: On April 25 at 2:50 p.m., Forest Rangers DuChene and Foutch responded to a call from a hiker who was lost approximately two miles from the road. Rangers reached the trail at 6:39 p.m., but there was no sign of the hiker. After checking the north and south forks of the Bouquet River, three additional Rangers joined the search. At 9:43 p.m., Rangers located the subject, warmed her, and escorted her out. Resources were clear at 12:25 a.m.

Town of Hebron
Washington County
Wildland Fire: On April 28 at 4:27 p.m., Forest Ranger Clute responded to assist local fire departments with a brush fire on Higgins Road. The fire was caused by a campfire that got out of control and grew to 3.7 acres before being contained.

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.

One Response

  1. Boreas says:

    The Spring burning ban can be inconvenient, but coupled with brisk S winds, a grass fire can virtually explode to an acre before you can say your ABCs. Be careful with ANY fire – even a cigarette.

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