About Coconino County

About Coconino County

Encompassing 18,661 square miles, Coconino County, Arizona, is the second largest county in the U.S. but one of the least populated. Our county includes Grand Canyon National Park, the Navajo, Havasupai, Hualapai and Hopi Indian Reservations, and the largest contiguous ponderosa pine forest in the world. Elevations range from 2,000 feet above sea level along the Colorado River to 12,633 feet at the summit of Mt. Humphreys in Flagstaff.

May 19, 2009

Such Are SAR Calls Sometimes

On Sunday evening, my pager went off at about 6:15pm. I signed in at the SAR building at around 6:45. At maybe 7:30, four of us were on the road. At, oh, 10pm-ish, we pulled over enroute to the far reaches of our county near the Arizona/Utah border. The overdue hikers had been located.

Standing around at the side of the road, we listened to radio traffic, and our coordinator made some calls. At 10:30, give or take, after star-gazing for a bit and checking out the night vision goggles, we headed back to Flagstaff. The subjects had been spotted by the helicopter crew and scooped up, apparently dehydrated but otherwise okay.

At maybe 1:00am Monday morning, we were back at the SAR building. After refueling the vehicles and unloading the ATVs, UTV and all the rest of the equipment, we headed home.

Tah-dah! Maybe my shortest blog post yet!

Yes, but wait till later, after I've gotten a little sleep. We were out all night again last night.

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