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DEC warning: stay out of backcountry during storm

October 28, 2012
MIKE LYNCH, Outdoors Writer , Lake Placid News

The state Department of Environmental Conservation issued a notice Friday that states all hunters, hikers and campers should be out of the woods by Sunday evening.

"Those planning to hunt, hike, camp, boat or paddle on the lands and waters of the Adirondacks next week should pay close attention to weather reports," DEC's notice states. "Nobody should be in the backcountry or on the waters when the storm hits."

The notice was issued in anticipation of Hurricane Sandy, which has been forecasted to hit the Adirondacks early next week.

The DEC statement said people shouldn't return to the woods until after DEC has had a chance assess the damage from the storm. The department will provide information regarding blowdown and flooding on its website.

In addition, the DEC's Fish Creek campground will close Sunday night. All reservations for next week have been canceled.

See the DEC website for current information on preparation, damage and response to the aftermath related to Hurricane Sandy at



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