Three weeks ago, Yosemite National Park instituted the biggest closure the park has seen in decades, and on Sunday park officials decided to extend it indefinitely. The Ferguson fire, which is one of 18 fires currently active in the state, is to blame. According to Forbes, the 95,000-acre fire grew an additional 8,000 acres this past Sunday and now is severely impacting park roadways. Yosemite National Park released a statement, stating that in the last 48 hours all roads used to access the valley have been affected and are thus facing the closure.
The size of the Ferguson Fire. Google Map Crisis Response photo.
Fallen trees have made many of the roads inaccessible and too dangerous for tourists. Meanwhile, this fire continues to be an extremely difficult one to fight. There has been no growth as of last night, but firefighters are channeling their efforts to the northeastern section to keep it from spreading into the North and South Rims of the Valley. According to the Sierra News Online, with 43 percent containment, residents have been permitted to return, but the full park opening date has yet to be determined.
Saturday, August 11th was the hottest day on record in Glacier National Park. On this same day, lightning started three different fires in the park. The wind-driven Howe Ridge fire, now estimated between 1,500 and 2,500 acres, claimed multiple buildings around Lake McDonald overnight. Lake McDonald Lodge and campsites and residences around the lake were evacuated while the Going-to-the-Sun Road closed between the foot of Lake McDonald and Logan Pass. For more information, the park
You know you're in Chile when you're on the chairlift, watching a volcanic eruption happen before your eyes. And skiers just keep skiing. Chile's beloved ski resort, Nevados de Chillán, is nestled up close to the Chillán Volcano, one of the country's most active volcanos. Beginning in July, there have been earthquakes and other seismic activity associated with explosions from the volcano. The Service Nacional de Geología and Minería has been tracking the volcano, and have found the
Over the past few years, Mount Snow has been pushing a development agenda to make their resort one of the east coast’s leading ski destinations, including a massive snowmaking upgrade and a new-and-improved lodge at their Carinthia base. This winter, Mount Snow will have their new 42,000-square foot Carinthia Base Lodge completed, according to Mount Snow Communications Manager Jamie Storrs. It is just in time for the ten-year anniversary of Carinthia Parks and will be 5 times the