2017-11-08 / Outdoor Life

New York Wildfire-Fighters Return Home

Photo Contributed by NYS DEC Photo Contributed by NYS DEC According to a release issued Nov. 6 by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), a team of 20 DEC Forest Rangers, staff, and volunteers, including Howard Kreft, forest ranger from neighboring Sullivan County, who helped battle and contain wildfires in Sonoma County, California, returned home last week. This is the third New York firefighting crew dispatched to fight wildfires in western states this year. When the New York crew arrived in California, 23 lives had been lost and hundreds of homes were destroyed or threatened by the worst wildfire in California history. By the time the crew departed, a total of 7,010 structures were destroyed and another 487 structures damaged. At press time, the fire was 95 percent contained and full containment is expected by the end of the month. The firefighting team is made up of DEC employees and volunteers, including State Forest Rangers that joined crews from other states to help battle the wildfires.

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