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.
The Mt. Washington Avalanche Center is reporting that a solo skier passed away in the Raymond's Cataract area after triggering a windslab above a terrain trap. He was buried roughly a meter deep for 90 minutes to two hours before being found. While he was apparently breathing after being dug out, he entered cardiac arrest while waiting to be evacuated and passed away shortly thereafter. Raymond's Cataract on Mt. Washington, located between Tuckerman's and Huntington Ravines. Google Maps
Johnson and his wife face up to 24 years in prison if convicted. Aspen PD photo. Derek Johnson, a former Aspen City Councilman and mayoral candidate, stands accused of stealing over two million dollars worth of skis, snowboards, and other goods. According to The Aspen Times, the alleged thefts occurred over Johnson's 17-year tenure as an executive at Aspen Skiing Co. Related: Walmart Just Launched a Proper Mountain Bike Johnson's alleged methods were documented in an arrest warrant affidavit
Though we wish spring skiing would last forever, it's coming to an end at many mountains. Tyler Gutierrez photo. Ski season is coming to a close in the Northern Hemisphere. As much as it pains us to say it, we can't deny that warmer temperatures are doing a number on the snowpack. Rocks are starting to show up where they shouldn't, and surface conditions are going from pleasantly soft to dangerously watery. So, when exactly will the lifts stop spinning? We've assembled a convenient,