Category Archives: Mount Rainier

A Covid Journal – The Great Calm: Day 13, Monday, March 23, 2020

By Bruce A. Smith As my second week in quarantine comes to a close, I feel a great calm emerging upon the land. Life is simpler, the world quieter. There is less traffic, less air pollution, less hustle and bustle. … Continue reading

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UPDATE – Mount Rainier invisible as smoke fills our skies – Eatonville air is officially “very unhealthy” – Legislators weigh in

By Bruce A. Smith UPDATE, Wednesday, August 15, 2018, 3 pm 2nd LD Representative Andre Barkis has responded to a series of questions from the Mountain News concerning the current unhealthy air conditions, and long-term timber management practices to control … Continue reading

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Smoke back again – fifth episode this summer

By Bruce A. Smith The fifth inundation of smoke since early August occurred in Eatonville today, September 11, courtesy of Joint Base Lewis McChord. Through some kind of atmospheric inversion, JBLM’s grit and gases smothered the ground-level air at mid-day … Continue reading

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Sections of Mount Rainier National Park close due to approaching forest fire

Special to the Mountain News Mount Rainier National Park is closing public access to much of the eastern portions of the park due to extreme fire danger. The nearby Norse Peak Fire has exhibited erratic behaviors over the past few … Continue reading

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Smoke and Heat Return, Regional and Local Fires Contribute

By Bruce A. Smith The smoke, and concomitant temperatures in the high 80s and low 90s, returned to Eatonville again this week. Air quality began to deteriorate on Monday, August 28 and worsened today, Tuesday, with WAQA Index readings from … Continue reading

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Climber rescued from crevasse on Mount Rainier

Special Report to the Mountain News-WA – Supplied by Kevin Bacher, Mount Rainier National Park: Rangers at Mount Rainier National Park today completed the rescue of a climber who fell into a crevasse while descending yesterday from the summit of … Continue reading

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Mount Rainier National Park receives record number of wilderness camping requests for 2017 – halts all further advanced reservations for full-circuit Wonderland Trail trips

Editor’s Note: Mount Rainier National Park has been flooded with requests for back-country camping requests via their advanced reservation program. As a result, the park has issued the following press release to the Mountain News-WA and other media: **************************************************************** Mount … Continue reading

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