NOAA has released its forecast for the coming winter, and it looks very much like more of the same--continued drought in the Sierra for at least another year. We all know what that means: drier forests, more fire danger, and consequently, more restrictions in the backcountry.
Here's a map that tells the story:
So two things:
1. Please pay attention to those restrictions and warnings. We don't need any more fires in the Sierra.
2. Pray for rain.