There are currently 107 wildfires burning nationwide, with large ones in California blanketing Nevada, Utah, and Colorado with dense and unhealthy smoke. | Breezometer map.
This past weekend felt pretty apocalyptic across the West, with skies turning orange, ash depositing on surfaces, and air quality indexes so bad that many of us were warned to avoid going outside. In fact, Denver and Salt Lake City were both ranked at the top of the list of worldwide air pollution. Here in Jackson Hole, we’ve spent more than a quarter of the last 30 days well above the WHO’s guideline of daily exposure (25µg/m^3). The cause? Smoke from wildfires raging in California. Currently, the Dixie wildfire east of Chico, California, is nearing 500,000 acres and sending smoke billowing across the western half of the United States. The fire has been burning for nearly a month, and is being fueled by the intense drought. It is now the second largest fire in the history of California. Entire communities have yet again been burned to the ground, displacing thousands of residents and leaving them with nothing. There are 10 other fires burning in California, and 107 nationwide, not including those burning just across the border in Canada. Oh yeah, and the United Nations just issued their latest climate report, blatantly stating that nations have waited too long to curb their fossil fuel emissions to prevent intensifying climate change. For up-to-date smoke and air quality information, check out Breezometer.
California’s Caldor Fire is just one of many burning rampantly across the West, but just took an ominous turn as it heads straight to Lake Tahoe. As of Monday morning, residents of South Lake Tahoe stand under mandatory evacuation orders with the fire racing towards the lake. On Sunday evening, photographers captured the fire burning through Sierra-at-Tahoe ski resort. Luckily no major structure damage was reported, but images show the ski area’s snowmaking guns spraying water on massive
Much of the magic of skiing and snowboarding in the Tetons lies in the idea of traveling through and connecting with wild, remote places - which could be at risk with proposed new bighorn sheep closures. | Max Ritter photo. Access to backcountry skiing and snowboarding in Grand Teton National Park and surrounding Forest Service lands is at risk. For those of you who enjoy spending your winters ski touring high in the Tetons, you might already be familiar with the issues winter
Wolf Creek is opening this weekend following a 14-inch storm. | Wolf Creek Ski Area photo. Well, here we go. Colorado’s Wolf Creek Ski Area just announced they will be opening this weekend October 16-17 after a 14-inch winter storm blew in this past weekend, making them the earliest ski resort to open in the lower 48 for the winter! [UPDATE: Arapahoe Basin has also announced they will open Black Mountain Express lift and the High Noon run on Sunday October 17]. Wolf Creek will be running