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.
Caroline Gleich has been a fixture in the backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering world for the last five years (at least). She started out shooting epic powder shots with legendary photographers Lee Cohen and Jay Beyer at Alta and eventually found that she was interested in bigger mountains and bigger lines. Gleich is notoriously goal-oriented and she managed to show the outdoor community, through her actions alone, that a Utah pow skier could become an accomplished ski mountaineer. She
Patagonia CEO Rose Marcario just released a statement about Trump's most recent executive order. Today he signed an executive order which directed the Department of the Interior to review all federally designated lands to determine if ownership should be given over to the states. “This is a big one,” Mr. Trump said before signing the order.
This weekend the CEO of Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows, Andy Wirth, went on Truckee Tahoe Radio to talk about this past winter and what its record-setting snowfall means for the upcoming summer and fall. This has been the snowiest winter ever recorded in Squaw Valley with over 700 inches this season—which is why Wirth said the following at 4:15 into the interview. “I’m actually considering staying open through the summer and fall so it becomes the 16/17/18 season. We’re taking a hard look at