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Friday, July 6th, 2012

  • Editor's note: This updates with word that park officials believe everyone has been accounted for, reopening of Foothills Parkway West, forecast of more thunderstorms.

    A thunderstorm packing winds gusting to 70 mph tore through Great Smoky Mountains National Park, downing hundreds of trees, killing two visitors, and injuring several others.

    By early afternoon Friday officia

  • Yellowstone National Park, which attracted national attention in 1988 when wildfires burned nearly half the 2.2-million-acre park that hot and dry summer, so far has managed to avoid any fires this summer.

    Fire danger in the park, though, is "very high," says Superintendent Dan Wenk.

    "We’ve currently had no fires in the park.

  • Outwardly, it looks like just another sheath knife. But the folks at Light My Fire have come up with a unique tool: A knife that doubles as a fire starter!

    Is that necessary, you might wonder.

    Well, a knife can be a handy tool in the backcountry, if for nothing else than shaving a slice of cheese or cutting summer sausage.

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Thursday, July 5th, 2012

  • A man enjoying the Fourth of July with his son at Mount Rainier National Park died when a crust of snow covering Edith Creek collapsed and sent him into the icy water, which swept him 30 feet downstream beneath the snow.

    The unidentified man and his son were sliding down a slope at Paradise meadows "in a controlled manner" on Wednesday when the snow collapsed, said park spokeswoman Patti Wold.