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.
At approximately 10:30AM PST this morning, January 17th, 2020, an avalanche occurred near the Subway run at Alpine Meadows Ski Resort near Lake Tahoe, CA. The Placer County Sheriff's Office has announced that one man was killed in the slide, and another was seriously injured. RELATED: Watch a Massive Skier-Triggered Slide on Taylor MountainSearch has been stopped. We believe all victims have been recovered at #AlpineMeadows. pic.twitter.com/gZCBSj8iu2 — Placer Sheriff (@PlacerSheriff)
Last weekend, Hawaii's first (and possibly only) snowfall of the year dropped around two feet of snow atop the Big Island's tallest volcano, Mauna Kea. The snow, which was blown into drifts up to eight feet tall in places, closed public access to the summit, which is normally accessible by road. RELATED: Jackson Hole Smashes January Snowfall Records Luckily, the road has been cleared, and the summit is again open to the public. Those planning on heading up should be aware, however,
Whether you have been on a NOLS course recently or just prefer to spend lots of time in nature, we’ve all heard the pleas for Leave No Trace ethics (LNT), especially when it comes to delicate or endangered landscapes, flora, and fauna. For two young men, either these messages were not yet familiar or had not been driven home in full when they trespassed on Yellowstone National Park’s Old Faithful geyser back in September. RELATED: Man Jailed For Walking Accross Famous Yellowstone Spring