New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers respond to search and rescue incidents in the Adirondacks. Working with other state agencies, local emergency response organizations and volunteer search and rescue groups, Forest Rangers locate and extract lost, injured or distressed people.
What follows is a report, prepared by DEC, of recent missions carried out by Forest Rangers.
Town of Volney
Wildfire: On April 25 at 4:50 pm, Oswego County 911 contacted Forest Ranger Michael Chappell to assist with a brush fire caused by a campfire on Bunny Drive in the town of Volney. When the Ranger arrived on scene, the fire was contained. Ranger Chappell assisted the responding fire department with extinguishing standing trees that were burning on the property. The fire was declared out at 6 pm.
Town of Lake George
Wilderness Rescue: On April 24 at 4:29 pm, DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch received a request for assistance from two 21-year-old women from Saratoga who became disoriented while traversing the Berry Pond Loop in the Lake George Wild Forest Area. Forest Ranger Chuck Kabrehl responded to their location, hiked into the woods, and located the women at 6:20 pm. He then escorted them out to the trailhead where they had parked. The women told Ranger Kabrehl that they had started the hike around 4 pm, and became lost at about 5:30 pm. The incident concluded at 7 pm.
Be Prepared: Properly prepare and plan before entering the backcountry. Visit DEC’s Hiking Safety webpage.