Outdoor Updates: Hiker dies, loyal dog stay by his side + Wildfire in Linville Gorge

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Man dies while hiking, loyal dog stays by his side until body is located

A 64-year-old man’s body has been found after searchers were alerted to his location by the sound of his dog, Daisy, barking. The man had gone out for a hike in Washington State last Wednesday but did not return home that evening. His wife alerted the authorities who responded at daybreak on Thursday morning. Though the man did not tell anyone of his hiking plans, his wife discovered that he had recently searched for geocaching locations on the Internet. Police dispatched to those locations and around 6pm last Thursday evening heard and saw a dog matching Daisy’s description barking. The dog was located up a steep embankment and when they reached the animal they found the man’s body. He had died from an apparent fall. Police say that without Daisy’s barking they would have never located the man.

Firefighters respond to a wildfire in North Carolina’s Linville Gorge

Firefighters responded to a fire burning in the Linville Gorge Wilderness Area on Monday. The Brushy Ridge fire was reported on Sunday afternoon and is located in a remote area near the Linville River at the end of the Brushy Ridge trail. Firefighters are working to contain the fire to a small area as they struggle with steep terrain and thick vegetation while searching for control points. The US Forest Service has closed the area within the Linville Gorge Wilderness Area impacted by the blaze, including the Brushy Ridge Trail, the Jonas Ridge Trail and the Devils Hole Trail. Authorities suspect that an abandoned campfire that wasn’t property extinguished started the fire. The size of the fire as of Monday morning was 5 acres.

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