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.
Wildfire: On May 3 at 4:27 pm, DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from Warren County 911 reporting a fire in the Butler Pond area of the town of Queensbury. Forest Ranger Evan Donegan responded to assist the local fire department in locating the fire. Once on scene, Ranger Donegan advised that the fire appeared to be on Darling Mountain and requested another Ranger to assist. With the aid of the local fire department’s drone, they located the fire on the mountain and Forest Rangers Donegan and Chuck Kabrehl spent the evening sizing up the fire and preparing for full suppression efforts. Ranger Donegan advised that the fire posed no real threat at the time and requested three additional Rangers to help with the suppression of the fire. On May 4, Forest Rangers Marie Arnold, Art Perryman, and Logan Quinn responded to assist. Rangers will continue to patrol the area until the evening of May 5, but there is no further impact to the surrounding area.
Town of Hope
Wildfire: On May 3 at 7:11 pm, DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from Fulton County 911 advising that the Hope Fire Department was requesting Forest Ranger assistance with a fire in the area of Hope Falls Road. Forest Rangers Melissa Milano and David Nally responded to the initial call. Forest Rangers assisted with suppression efforts until 10:50 pm, when they were cleared from the scene and declared the fire controlled. The brush fire led to the loss of an unoccupied cabin of unknown ownership on the property. Forest Rangers returned on May 4 to patrol and strengthen control lines.
Be Prepared: Properly prepare and plan before entering the backcountry. Visit DEC’s Hiking Safety webpage.