Czech Government Offers to Pay for Torres del Paine Forest Fire in Chile

Reuters reports the Czech government is offering to help pay for a fire at Chile’s most famous national park Torres del Paine in Patagonia after one of its citizen started it by kicking over a campstove. The fire burned in about 55 square miles out of the park’s total area of 700 square miles The imposing granite spires and vast glaciers in Torres del Paine are a magnet for foreign tourists, especially during the Southern Hemisphere summer from December-February. Dozens of campers were evacuated when the fire was at its height earlier this week. Smoke obscured the park’s spectacular views, but the fire never reached the most popular parts of the park, which lies near the bottom of the continent. Explorer Web reports that two climbers are still missing in the fire. There’s a lot of info on the park via Google.

Hawaii Gives Sets Maximum Fine for Illegal Manoa Falls Hikes

The Honlulu Advertiser reports the Hawaii Board of Land and Natural Resources handed a $2,500 maximum fine to Magnum Tickets & Tours for repeatedly taking customers to the Manoa Falls Trail without permits. The organization notes that your operators bring too many on the tours and does not pay for trail maintenance. The mile long trail is one of the five most popular hikes in the state because it is close to Waikiki and boasts a 100-foot waterfall. According to DLNR rules, a maximum of five 12-person groups a day can reserve a slot and take a tour group up to Manoa Falls, but the groups cannot hike on weekends or holidays.

Climber Survives 60 Foot Fall in Sleeping Giant State Park

WFSB reports Hamden fire officials say a Ridgefield man has been badly injured in a fall down the face of a cliff at Sleeping Giant State Park. Twenty-five-year-old Matthew Nilson was injured yesterday after his rappelling equipment failed and he plummeted 60 feet. It took about three hours for the Hamden Fire Departments Mountain Rescue Team to secure Nilson and bring him to a waiting ambulance. Police and fire personnel say Nilson had a possible broken hip, leg and arm, as well as lacerations to his head, although none of his injuries were life-threatening.