A search is currently under way for missing hiker Daniel Mays. Daniel is a 21-year-old student at Brighton College, alma mater of Ranger Bill. Daniel arrived as part of a group of forestry students studying forest management and soil erosion prevention. Daniel apparently went hiking into the deep woods alone without notifying rangers or school officials of his plans. Deep woods rangers and SAR (Search And Rescue) teams are currently searching the deep woods due north of the public camping facilities in Big Pine.
Ranger Bill is grateful that each year the ranger staff is augmented by is summer volunteers, many of Big Pine's deep woods rangers and fire tower watchers. The summer fire tower watchers are almost solely female volunteers headed by Jane Reeves. These "petticoat rangers," as they have come to be known, free up full-time rangers for other summer work such as search and rescue. Ranger Bill says the fire tower watchers are invaluable to him and his rangers.
(Hear more about much of the above on RB053 Arson at Brighton College, RB085 The Deep Country, and RB107 Petticoat Rangers.)