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.
UPDATE: One skier who was recovered from the slide debris died Thursday evening in a Taos hospital. The other remains in critical condition in an Albuquerque hospital. Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the victims. An avalanche buried several skiers at New Mexico’s Taos Ski Resort Thursday morning. According to the Taos News, the slide occurred in the K3 chute off the resort’s famed Kachina Peak. Two male skiers were extracted from the debris, revived using
Thanks to an atmospheric river sitting on top of California, the Sierra received a considerable amount of new snow. Turns out lots of snow isn’t always good news, that is if you own a private jet. According to the Sacramento Bee, fresh snow piled on the back of a Cessna Citation X jet at the Truckee Tahoe Airport on Wednesday, ultimately tipping it on its tail. Well, there’s a reason why its called “Sierra Cement”. At least conditions look much better in the mountains, with resorts
A powerful storm is expected to provide 12-18 inches in the Sierra Nevada at lake level and 2-4 feet at upper elevations late Wednesday night into Thursday evening. Total snowfall will be 4-5 feet at upper elevations of the Sierra with higher amounts on the Sierra Crest Wednesday night to Friday morning. This incoming storm is the going to crush the mountains with heavy winds initially (The real McCoy). Winds are like the pessimist that just wants to crush your endorphins. Well, it's going