New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers respond to search and rescue incidents throughout New York State. 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 Black Brook
Wildland Fire: On June 19th at 5:20 pm, 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 pm, the fire was contained.
Town of North Elba
Wilderness Search: On June 16th at 4:55 pm, 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 pm and splinted her injury. Rangers then helped the subject down the mountain. The hiker reached her vehicle at 8:45 pm.
Town of North Elba
Wilderness Search: On June 16th at 7:50 pm, 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 pm, 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 pm.
Town of Wells
Wilderness Search: On June 18th at 8:30 pm, 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 am to go fishing and did not return. Shortly before 10 pm, 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.
Read past Forest Ranger search and rescue reports here.