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April 2011

The Nature Conservancy's Davis Mountain Preserve has an open weekend scheduled for May 13-15. With the Rockhouse Fire still threatening the area it is likely the preserve will be closed that weekend. On May 4th the preserve will decided weather or not they will open.Should conditions allow for an open event in mid-May, the open weekend scheduled for May 13th through 15th will be shortened to an open day on Saturday, May 14th only, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

It seems all I have been writing about lately are the wildfires currently burning in Texas and New Mexico. Today I take a break to write about a sad fatality in Big Bend National Park.Big Bend National Park released this tragic news yesterday afternoon.Jasbo Jerome Whitfield, 29, of of Boerne, Texas took his own life by a self inflicted gunshot wound on the road between Castolon and Santa Elena Canyon at 6:00 PM on April 21, 2011. Big Bend

The Last Chance Fire continues to burn in the steep, rocky, inaccessible terrain of the Guadalupe Mountains. Thanks to a comment from an anonymous reader I have just discovered the Fire has also burned areas of Sitting Bull Falls including picnic pavilion overhang covers, electrical poles, associated trail systems, and climbing area at end of Forest Service Road 525A.Sitting Bull Falls Recreation Area before the Last Chance FireAs I posted earlier this week the recreation area is closed for the

Monday afternoon Balmorhea State Park was ordered closed just in case winds send the Rockhouse fire (aka Fort Davis Fire) to the northeast. Even though the town is not currently being threatened by fire, TPWD is trying to stay two steps ahead of the danger. "The evacuation is meant to clear the area of non-residents in the event of an emergency situation."Balmorhea State Park - Photo credit: Fliker User: Princess Stand in the RainShifting winds are expected to push the

Sitting Bull Falls Recreation Area is closed until future notice due to fire activity in the area. The Last Chance fire began Sunday near the area of the Falls and has spread across 39,000 acres. The fire is currently 20% contained in steep and rugged terrain. Air Tanker Over Last Chance Fire. Photo courtesy of inciwebHWY137 is closed at 408 (Dark Canyon Road) by State Police blockadeDark Canyon Road is closed at Hidalgo RoadSitting Bull Falls Road is closed. Last

With all the fires burning and trails closing I started thinking about what I would do if caught hiking in a wildfire. I did a little research, consulted the US Forest Service, and a local fire marshal to find out what is the appropriate course of action when caught outdoors in a wildfire. Be Aware of Active Fires and Fire Danger:Before you set out to go hiking, camping, or backpacking check local conditions for fire danger and active fires in

A fire has started in the Guadalupe Mountains north of Guadalupe Mountains National Park. The fire began in the steep, rocky and inaccessible terrain of the Guadalupe district: Lincoln National Forest and has spread across 10,000 acres into Bureau of Land Management and private lands. The "Last Chance fire" is so named because it started near the Last Chance trail. I was in this area just a few weeks ago visiting Sitting Bull Falls. The cause of the fire is

The Nature Conservancy has closed the Madera Canyon Trail due to fire danger. The Madera Canyon Trail is a privately owned trail on The Nature Conservancy's Davis Mountain Preserve. The trail is normally open to the public year round, but considerable lack of rain has caused dangerous conditions on many trails in far west Texas. If significant rain does not occur it is likely the Preserve will close their open weekend scheduled for May 13-15th. We will notify you when

Happy Easter everyone!. It is time to announce the winner of the Mountainsmith Tour Lumbar Pack. I want to thank YourLUME.com for sponsoring such an amazing giveaway. Be sure and stop by their website and/or facebook and thank them for sponsering the giveaway. Let them know you want to see more giveaways sponsered at MyLifeOutdoors.Okay! Time for the good news. We had 51 total entries and over 360 pageviews for the giveaway post. Last night I closed the comments and

I wanted to remind everyone that tomorrow is the last day to enter the Mountainsmith Tour Lumbar Pack giveaway. YourLUME.com has been gracious enough to donate this earth friendly gear for you to win.Click here for your chance to win a Mountainsmith Tour Lumbar Pack.And while your at it take the time to thank YourLUME.com and visit their website. YourLUME.com is a great place to buy gear, but that's not all. You can share stories from your own outdoor adventures and