According to the US Forest Service, there are currently 105 large active fires burning in the United States this week and, no surprise, a large percentage of them are concentrated along the West Coast, where years of drought have been steadily whittling away local forests' ability to stave off big burns.
Esri, a California-based provider of Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping software, has put together a live map of every active wildfire in the Continental U.S., which you can peruse through above–giving you info. on fire size and location, the date each started, and even layering in Youtube videos and Flickr photos from folks on the ground.
Wildfire forecasters are calling for above average fire activity in the Pacific Northwest and in central and southern California through the rest of the summer, although forecasters are hoping that the strengthening El Niño pattern will start bringing bursts of moisture to the West Coast as the fall closes in.
Unless you are one of the rare folks who learned how to ski in the backcountry, you have almost certainly encountered a rope and closed sign. Why do these things exist? Contrary to popular belief, they're not to stop you from having fun. Nor are they to save the best powder for ski patrollers. At ski resorts on the East Coast, they're mostly to keep you from thrashing your skis on runs without artificial snowmaking. Out west, they're intended to prevent you from triggering an avalanche or
Mt. Hood Meadows' Heather Canyon area, where both snowboarders were found. Evan Lovely photo. Two snowboarders died last week at Mt. Hood Meadows, Oregon in the Heather Canyon area. 45-year-old Ryan Zeitner of Portland died after a fall on Sunday, February 16th according to the Hood River County Sheriff's Office. 47-year-old Tim Bauters of Sunnyvale, California was reported missing by his family on Monday, February 17th. After determining that his rental car was in the Mt. Hood Meadows
An example of how badly congested LCC can get. UDOT Photo. On Sunday, the canyon was so congested that the Utah Department of Transportation was forced to close the road leading to Alta and Snowbird. #RoadClosureAlert: ‼️Attention #LCCroad #SR210 travelers! @UPDSL is CLOSING the road to uphill traffic until further notice due to congestion and no available parking. Please take @RideUTA up canyon today! Downhill traffic open. @UDOTTRAFFIC @AltaSkiArea @Snowbird— UDOT Cottonwood