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NY state forest ranger returns after battling Bootleg wildfire

The Bootleg Fire in Oregon, sparked by a lightning strike in early July, has spanned 400,000 acres.

New York state forest rangers have joined a countrywide effort to aid efforts to extinguish wildfires out West. 

Forest ranger Timothy Carpenter from Steuben County returned home on Monday after two weeks of battling the Bootleg fire in Oregon. A second forest ranger was deployed this week to the Alder Creek Fire in Montana.

“We may not get 400,000-acre fires here in New York, but the experience that the rangers get, and the other staff that are sent out, that is knowledge that we bring back to the state that helps us manage incidents here in New York,” Carpenter said.

Carpenter was stationed as a safety officer, working the night shift from 5 p.m. until 9 a.m.

Click on the LISTEN link above to hear an interview with Carpenter about his experience.

Noelle E. C. Evans is an education reporter/producer with a background in documentary filmmaking and education.