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2018 Fire News, FERGUSON-CARR-DONNELL-MENDO Fires sticky icon

Started July 16, Updated the 15th

FIRE NEWS

 FERGUSON-CARR-MENDO-DONNELL
-CRANSTON-
FIRES

The Latest
Updated News, Smoke, & Fire Info Below

All Fed Fire Info
Inciweb

All State Fire Info
Calfire

 

 

Serious Hazard Conditions
ALL SMOKE RESOURCES

 

 

HUGE FIRES
Specific FedState Status Reports

 

FERGUSON FIRE, Feds, Mariposa

87% Contained

Yosemite Valley Opened on the 14th

Yosemite Valley to Open on the 14th, announced August 10.

Yosemite Valley Closed Indefinitely, August 5th.

 

 

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High Sierra Mountain Safety. Hazards & Alerts: Winter of 2018 sticky icon

 

 

Hazards & Alerts: High Sierra Winter of 2018

 Also See
General
Observation & Analysis

THE WINTER of 2018
 

Previous Report
Fall 2017 Hazards & Alerts

 

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Safety First! First Aid Kit for High Sierra Backpackers sticky icon

 Spring has come to the eastern Sierras and time to spring clean the first aid kit. Alex has provided excellent information about his first aid kit in the gear list. I am an avid day hiker, so the contents of my bag are a bit different. I also have extensive medical training and access to prescription drugs, so I try to keep stuff to help out others on the trail. This is the time of year I pull the first aid kit from the depths of my day pack and inspect and refill the contents.

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The video embeded here broke
Site Security, So,
See
Tropical storm brings heavy hail, lightening to Sierra Crest July 8 2015
 

 

High Sierra Mountain Safety
NEWS & TOPICS

A.K.A:

A
REVIEW
of
OUR
CURRENT and THEORETICAL HAZARDS

 

High Sierra Mountain Safety 


High Sierra Mountain Safety TOPICS

 

High Sierra Mountain Safety NEWS

 

 

The Other Page 
All Wilderness-Outdoor-Mountain Rescues & Events Log 

 

 

Resources 
Current Backpacker Alert(s)

Sierra Status, June 7, 2018

 

Labor Day 2017 Heat, Fire, & Smoke HAZARDS 

Labor Day 2017, TRAIL NEWS

 

Video Two: 
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PG&E Spends $1 Million+ on Bribes to Brown, Dims, & California officials to Evade Wildfire Laws

UPDATED STORY, August 1

How our Law & Environment are Really Managed

Open Bribery Finally Hinted at by Press, below

 

 

ORIGINAL STORY, July 26

How Politics Really Works

Jerry Brown: Corporate Whore of PGE


 

 

 

UPDATED STORY

How our Laws & Environment are Really Managed

Open Bribery

Finally Hinted at, But Still Left Unstated by Press

PG&E spends more than $1 million to lobby California officials on wildfire laws,
Sac Bee, August 1, 2018.

Evil Energy Empire

"PG&E spent $1.7 million on lobbying over three months this year as the utility pressured California officials to reduce its legal liability for wildfire property damages."

Empire of Bribes

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2018, Injured Climber on Mount Conness Located, Freed, & Evacuated

MOUNTAIN SAFETY

Injured Climber on Mount Conness Located, Freed, & Evacuated

Many come to aid of climber trapped between granite slabs,
Sierra Wave, July 30, 2018.

"On July 29, 2018, at approximately 1:30 pm, Mono County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) Search and Rescue (SAR) received a call from a pair of climbers in the area of the north ridge of Mount Conness."

"The pair explained that they could hear someone screaming for help approximately 1/2 to 3/4 miles northeast of their location. They were unsure of the exact location of the voice but provided SAR with an approximate GPS location..."

"The approximate location of the victim was around 11,400 feet elevation near the base of the Conness Glacier."

"Twelve (12) SAR personnel responded and readied at the Saddlebag Lake trailhead, and the SAR Team then began the hike into the area to attempt to locate and assist the injured person. CHP Helicopter H40 was requested to the area to conduct an aerial search of the area as well."

"H40 launched but shortly after was forced to return to their base due to the heavy smoke and low visibility in the area."

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Jerry Brown, Bribed Corporate Tool, UPDATED: Limit PG&E’s liability for Fire Damages

 

UPDATED!

PGE PLAYS VICTIM! THREATENS BANKRUPTCY

Good, Let’s Buy their Bankrupt Asses (for Pennies on the Dollar) for a State Public Utility

 

Original Article
HOW POLITICS "WORKS"

Jerry Brown: Corporate Whore

Jerry Brown’s plan lowers PG&E’s liability for wildfire damages,
Sac Bee, July 25, 2018.

About the Article Above:

INTRODUCTION to CORRUPTION
Here we Are

It’s Taken a Long time to get “here,” where PGE’s blowing up cities and burning down our state is “indemnified” by bribed politicians. It took a lot of bribed politicians to get here...

Deregulated Pirates

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July 10, 2018: Whitney Portal Closed & Evacuated by Georges Fire, UPDATED INFORMATION

 

FIRE NEWS

Inciweb: Georges Fire

July 10

Whitney Portal Evacuated and Closed

Original News Report

Original Forest Alert-Warning

No Trips Starting Out the Whitney Portal


UPDATES

July 16

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Watch Out for the Green Water: Blue-Green Algae News and Safety Information

Watch Out for the Green Water

 Do not drink, or allow your animals or children to drink from or play in water containing cynobacteria, otherwise known as toxic blue-green algae. Review the Blue-Green News just below and the safety information at the bottom of this page:


Blue-Green Algae Safety and Identification Information

 

July 2018,
&
August 2015:
Rising heat and declining waters are creating conditions even more favorable for cynobacteria,otherwise known as toxic blue-green algae.

In the Sierra the source of nitrogen feeding the blue-greens is cattle grazing. This is the same grazing that preserves High Sierra meadows, and for which the series of check dams that gave birth to countless lakes were created.



High Sierra Water Quality Articles

ALL WATER NEWS

 

The Latest
BLUE-GREEN NEWS

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Mount Whitney Emergency Satellite Transponder Jackass Rescue?

 

 

HIGH SIERRA MOUNTAIN SAFETY

MOUNTAIN MORON SAFETY

Emergency Satellite Transponder Jackass Rescue?

HIKER WANTS HELICOPTER RIDE TO HIS CAR,
The Sheet, June 23, 2018, p.9, PDF.

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HEALTH & FITNESS, June 2018: East Sierra Hantavirus Warning

 

 

HEALTH & FITNESS

East Sierra Warning

Warning to be hantavirus aware,
Sierra Wave, June 18, 2018.

 

Mono Health
Hantavirus

 

Yosemite Hantavirus Information

 

  

ANOTHER HIGH SIERRA HAZARD
WARNING

WEST NILE & SKEETER ALERT

West Nile Disease will be rising with the mosquito populations of Spring. This fact behooves us to be well and properly prepped for the early-season mosquito ordeal.

 

DEET FAILING & West Nile Information

Mosquito News

Mosquito Defenses: Living in & with the Enemy

 

 

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MOUNTAIN SAFETY, June 2018, Day Hiker Lost in Desolation

MOUNTAIN SAFETY

Day Hiker Lost in Desolation

Lost hiker rescued in Desolation Wilderness shows importance of being prepared,
Sierra Sun, June 14, 2018.

 

The Problem
"Erin Perkins, 37, was hiking the Rocky Canyon Trail on Monday, June 4 when she lost track of the trail and could not find her way back."

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Mountain Safety, June 2018, tragic accident Middle Kaweah

 

 

MOUNTAIN SAFETY

Tragic Accident on Middle Kaweah

Father drowns after saving his daughter,
Kaweah Commonwealth, June 15, 2018.

 

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June, 2018: Serious Spring Snow Accident on Mount Whitney

 

 

MOUNTAIN SAFETY

Serious Spring Snow Accident on Mount Whitney

Pro Rescue brings Two off Whitney by Helo, One able to Self-Rescue

Inyo, Mono Search and Rescue members aid hikers,
Sierra Wave, June 12, 2018.

 

Accident

When

"...approximately 9:30 am on Sunday June 10th…"

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INDEX: ALL Mosquito and Tick News and Information for High Sierra Backpackers

Tick and Mosquito News
Mosquitoes are a major issue in the High Sierra,

ticks less so the higher you go.

 

 Updated
August 15, 2018

 

 

LATEST MOSQUITO NEWS BELOW

 


Also See
Mosquitoes and Seasonal Temperature Shifts:
Backpacking the High Sierra

 

 

MOSQUITOES
The Winged Hazard

Mosquitoes WILL BE a significant issue from the dawn of Spring until the moisture dries out of the soils along both flanks and the crest. Each of these dates, of the beginning of Spring and the end of moisture vary every year, but we do have averages. The mosquitoes dry-out by August 15 during an "avergage" year. But the averages are changing, Spring has been coming earlier, while the swings between very wet and very dry seasons seems to be getting abrupt and more intense.

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Snags: Camp, Trail, Cross Country and River Crossing

 

Mountain Safety

Snags

June 2018
The High Sierra Tree Mortality situation induces me to repost this at the top of the list as Summer Backpacking season gets started. Snags are presenting heightened dangers this year, as is the related threat of fire.

 

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Summer of 2018: Watch Out for the Green Water, Salem Oregon Water Supply Compromised

 

HEALTH & FITNESS: Green Water

Salem Water Supply Turns Green

Salem drinking water contaminated, children advised to avoid tap water,
KGW8 Portland, May 31, 2018.

"Low levels of toxins caused by algae blooms in Detroit Lake have been discovered in Salem's drinking water..."

"The toxins originated with algae blooms first detected last week in Detroit Lake. That water continues down the North Santiam River, which becomes the Santiam Canyon and City of Salem's drinking water source."

"Other affected cities include Turner and Stayton."

"Algae blooms in Detroit Lake are common in the late spring and early summer. But the algae blooms observed this year appear to be more widespread and potent."

"There are about 185,000 people who live in the cities that draw their municipal drinking water from the North Santiam River, not including farms in rural communities that draw water from the river."

"People with compromised health and immune systems also are being told not to drink tap water."

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2018 Mountain Safety News, Drowning in Kaweah River

 

Mountain Safety

Drowning in Kaweah River

A Sign of Dangerous Fording Conditions

NPS Report

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May 2018: Hiker Falls to Death off Half Dome Cables

 

MOUNTAIN SAFETY

Hiker Falls to Death off Half Dome Cables

Yosemite hiker falls to his death from Half Dome cables, national park says,
Fresno Bee, May 24, 2018.

 

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June 2, 2018, Two Climbers Die on El Capitan

 

Mountain Safety

Two Climbers Die on El Capitan

Freeblast Route

Two Climbers Fall from El Capitan in Yosemite National Park,
Yosemite Press Release, May 2, 2018.

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