Missing Washington state hiker disoriented by smoke

SEQUIM, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say an avid hiker went missing in western Washington state after becoming disoriented by the high smoke volume in the region.

The Clallam County Sheriff’s office says Tuesday that 59-year-old Roger Gates was hiking near his home in Sequim on Sunday when he got lost amid smoky, hazy conditions from wildfire smoke.

He phoned his family on Monday, reporting he was along the 3 O’Clock Ridge trail and believed he could make it back to his vehicle.

His family reported him missing after that last call.

Gates is known as an avid hiker and nature observer who is generally well-prepared for hikes.

A helicopter with thermal-imaging equipment from the Naval Air Station Whidbey Island is expected to help the search and rescue efforts Tuesday.