Rangers battle wildfires, search for fugitive

State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers fought a number of wildfires around the state last week, while rangers in the Adirondacks helped state police search for a fugitive.

Town of Schuylerville

On Wednesday, April 3, forest rangers and local volunteer firefighters responded to a wildland fire on Route 4. Ranger and firefighters coordinated to extinguish the 6-acre fire that burned a field but also threatened one structure. The fire was contained by 6 p.m., but rangers were requested at another fire in Washington County.

Four rangers and volunteers responded to the fast-moving fire on East Lake Road and contained it. Two rangers monitored the fire over night and crews finished mop-up operations the next morning.

Town of Norway

On Friday, April 5, forest ranger assistance was requested by state police for a fugitive search. A 24-year-old man who was wanted for an attempted assault on his father had run into the woods.

Rangers, state police and a DEC environmental conservation officer and K9 unit searched, and the subject was located in a nearby residence.

Town of St. Armand

On Sunday, April 7, forest rangers responded to a 911 call for an injured woman near the summit of Baker Mountain. The 30-year-old from Baldwinsville had an unstable lower leg injury, and four rangers began helping her down the mountain after providing first aid.

The woman was then transferred to a rescue litter and brought to a waiting ambulance for transport to Adirondack Medical Center.