Lost Ranger Located and Rescued!
Ranger Gray Wolf reports that the missing deep woods ranger, Ben Clipper, has been found and rescued. Ben was located on the Shady Mountain edge of his territory.
Gray Wolf tells the GAZETTE that Ben slipped and fell from a small, rocky rise which was on a trail he was hiking. Ben broke both his radio and his ankle. He was unable to travel on the broken leg. He crawled to a stream nearby and attempted to contact ranger headquarters. Ben was unable to fix his radio and his phone could not find a usable signal.
Ben decided to set-up camp as best he could. He marked his location with rocks and small tree branches.
Chief Ranger Bill Jefferson organized search teams immediately after ranger Clipper's call-in time was passed. After three days of searching, search teams found Ben at the edge of his work area.
Ben was taken by helicopter to Knotty Pine Hospital for overnight observation. Doctors at KPH report that ranger Clipper was suffering from mild exposure, but appeared otherwise fine.
Forest Fire Threat Continues
Big Pine National Forest's Chief Ranger Jefferson tells the GAZETTE that the threat of fire continues for now. Camp fires and gas engines are not permitted in the forest right now. Mr. Jefferson may still close the forest to all visitors.
Ranger Bill has recalled all rangers on special duty such as farm harvest help. Also all vacations and time off are all cancelled during the fire threat.