Rangers help battle wildfires out west
The state Department of Environmental Conservation is sending 20 employees and volunteers to California to help battle wildfires that are raging out of control. The crew includes at least two Tri-Lakes forest rangers.
The DEC regularly sends rangers and others trained in wild land fire fighting to assist crews in the western states, and sent more than 30 people to Montana earlier this summer.
The federal government pays for or reimburses the DEC for the workers, and DEC has been involved in this effort since 1979. The DEC said in a press release that the work not only helps the western states, but also provides valuable experience that rangers can use in New York.
“The work of DEC’s wildfire-fighting crew is a prime example of how states can work together and share resources during times of adversity,” DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said in the release. “I wish our crew a safe and successful trip to California and will welcome these brave men and women home with gratitude for their courageous work.”