NY forest ranger will help with Alaska wildfires

The state Department of Environmental Conservation announced that one of its forest rangers will go to Alaska to help with wildfire operations there.

The DEC did not name the individual ranger or say what his or her normal patrol area is.

“The ranger will support firefighting efforts as a helicopter manager in Alaska’s Delta Area Forest for two weeks,” a press release from the department said. “The forest ranger will join wildland fighters from other states and will be assigned to manage helicopter flights. As a helicopter manager, the ranger will supervise and direct helicopter operations, including establishing a work schedule, coordinating scheduling, ensuring pilots and personnel have required protective equipment, directing personnel in conducting flight operations, leading safety sessions and critiques, and more.”