Helicopter sent for rescue of injured hiker in Fresno County mountains

A member of a hiking group who broke his ankle in a fall in the mountains northwest of Shaver Lake required a helicopter to evacuate him for treatment of his injuries Friday afternoon.

Fresno County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Tony Botti said the man was part of a group of five people hiking in Stevenson Canyon near Million Dollar Road and Stevenson Creek when he reportedly fell about 15 feet in the rugged terrain and suffered a compound fracture of his ankle.

The California Highway Patrol’s Fresno-based helicopter arrived in the area shortly before 5 p.m., Botti said.

The Sheriff’s Office also had members of its search-and-rescue team coordinating with the CHP’s helicopter crew.

The man was rescued Friday evening and was treated for his injuries, the Sheriff’s Office said.