Ranger Headquarters-Knotty Pine
Chief Ranger Bill Jefferson tells the GAZETTE that one of his summer help, a deep-woods ranger failed to report in by radio yesterday. Ranger Bill thinks that it may be a simple radio failure, but he must be sure his rangers are safe. The summer ranger, Ben Clipper, has volunteered in Big Pine's deep woods for the past 8 summers. Bill says that Ben has been a very good and useful ranger. Ben knows Big Pine extremely well, having hiked and camped there for several years before becoming a summer ranger.
Ranger Bill has organized search teams composed of at least one Big Pine ranger in each team. Ben has a cell phone and GPS, on top of his radio, but has not contacted ranger headquarters by phone.
THREAT OF FIRE!
The hot, dry summer here in Knotty Pine has placed the Big Pine National Forest in danger of forest fire. No camp fires or gas engines will be allowed in the forest until relative humidity levels rise. If the dry conditions continue much longer, the forest will be closed to all visitors.