Latest Mountains News

Hiker dies after falling from waterfall in White Mountains

Sep. 27, 2020 9:30 AM EDT

LIVERMORE, N.H. (AP) — A hiker was killed Saturday after falling from a waterfall in the White Mountains, according to the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. The man had been hiking with two friends but went ahead to follow a trail to the top of Arethusa Falls, the department said. When his friends...

Missing off-duty firefighter sought in Southern California

Sep. 26, 2020 5:47 PM EDT

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — Searchers combed a section of the San Bernardino Mountains on Saturday for signs of a missing off-duty firefighter, authorities said. The search focused on an area of Highway 18 where Carlos Baltazar’s car was located by the California Highway Patrol on Sept. 20, the...

Rock climber dies after 55-foot fall at Rumney Rocks

Sep. 26, 2020 5:46 PM EDT

RUMNEY, N.H. (AP) — A man died Friday after falling from the Rumney Rocks climbing area in the White Mountain National Forest, according to the state's Fish and Game Department. The man was climbing with a partner around 4 p.m. and had started to come down from a route when his equipment malfunctioned,...

Corps reinstates permits for natural gas pipeline project

Sep. 26, 2020 2:10 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has reissued permits for construction of a natural gas pipeline project in Virginia and West Virginia nearly two years after a federal appeals court invalidated them. The new permits issued on Friday will allow construction to resume on the Mountain...

Researchers try to conserve rare mountain butterfly species

Sep. 26, 2020 1:07 PM EDT

GORHAM, N.H. (AP) — Efforts are underway to save a rare species of butterfly in the mountains of New Hampshire, but scientists are still learning about it and how it may be at risk. The White Mountain Fritillary butterfly is orange and black like the monarch butterfly but with different markings. It's...

June Alexander looks across the canyon from her property at a hillside that was burned by the Cameron Peak Fire on Sept. 16, 2020 in Bellevue, Colorado. The fire burned right to the road just below her property. The fire has burned 102,596 acres and is currently 15% contained. Alexander owns CanyonSide Campground in Bellevue about 35 miles from La Porte up Poudre Canyon Road or Colorado Highway 14. She has been evacuated from the area since August 13th when the Cameron Peak fire ignited and threatened her home and business. Since then she has lived in her RV and spent the last week in a hotel. She has been allowed back a couple of times to retrieve medicine for her dog, water her plants etc. She has not lost her property but many of the buildings smell of smoke. (Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via AP)

Residents debate mountain living amid wildfire concerns

Sep. 26, 2020 10:10 AM EDT

RED FEATHER LAKES, Colo. (AP) — Amanda Harmon spent years dreaming of living in Colorado’s mountains. And she worked for it, too. Seven days a week, Harmon waited tables at a golf course and cleaned vacation rentals here, a remote community of 400 people west of Fort Collins that locals quietly...

Covey, a wirehaired pointing Griffon, retrieves a blue grouse in the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest, is shown in an undated photo. (Thom Bridge/Independent Record via AP)

Montana's mountain grouse offer long seasons in high country

Sep. 26, 2020 8:11 AM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Few things may be more heart-pounding for a hiker or hunter than a mountain grouse’s unexpected flush along a quiet trail. Whether it’s a chance encounter while archery hunting for elk, or toting a shotgun in the company of a bird dog for long jaunts along the Continental...

Cal Fire air tankers help stop the spread of a brush fire in Larkfield Calif, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. (Kent Porter/The Press Democrat via AP)

California braces for power shutoffs and warm, windy weekend

Sep. 25, 2020 8:49 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Firefighters and officials at California's largest utility company braced for hot, dry and windy weather in northern and central areas of the state this weekend that may fan the flames of several major wildfires or ignite new ones. Pacific Gas & Electric warned Friday it may cut...

California wildfire threatening lucrative cannabis farm area

Sep. 25, 2020 12:05 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s largest wildfire is threatening a cannabis-growing enclave, and authorities said many of the locals have refused to evacuate. The wildfire called the August Complex is approaching Post Mountain and Trinity Pines, about 200 miles (322 kilometers) northwest of...

FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, file photo, firefighter Cody Carter battles the North Complex Fire in Plumas National Forest, Calif. Rain showers fell Thursday, Sept. 24, on the northwestern edges of fire-ravaged California but forecasters warned residents to not be fooled: a new round of hot, dry and windy weather is expected by the weekend. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

Scorched California faces more hot, dry and windy weather

Sep. 24, 2020 11:39 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rain showers fell Thursday on the northwestern edges of fire-ravaged California, but forecasters warned residents to not be fooled: A new round of hot, dry and windy weather is expected by the weekend. “Ideally this would be a signal for a change in the upcoming weather pattern...