Video report here:
A man hiking in the Idaho “Salmon” wilderness around Challis, ID suffered severe burns, and his dogs were burned alive after jumping into a volcanic hot springs normally fit for human swimming.
Challis Idaho is a location I have covered in detail for the past 2 years due to a large EARTHQUAKE SWARM which has been happening in the area.
Long time viewers will know about this central Idaho location due to my past coverage of this exact area. This hot springs spot is the location hit by the swarm of Earthquakes over the past several months!
The man + dogs were burned in the Salmon Wilderness near Challis Idaho along the deep Western edge of the Yellowstone supervolcano magma chamber.
The magma chamber has been confirmed to reach down over 30 miles, and cover an area the size of 11 Grand Canyons (filled with magma).
The magma chamber for Yellowstone is confirmed to reach far West into Central Idaho, and North into Montana.
First the earthquake swarms struck, now the hot springs are boiling where they’re normally just warm.
These are signs of magma movement associated with the Yellowstone supervolcano. Shallow magma is causing major heating, thus causing earthquakes, and hot springs to have major issues.
See the 2015 measurements of Yellowstones magma chamber here:
Not by coincidence, we should also make note that the USGS has also installed new monitoring equipment around Challis Idaho in the middle of last year (2014) due to the unexpected earthquake swarm which struck the location.
I made multiple videos showing the earthquake swarm in Challis, and talked about the new monitoring equipment as well.
See a video report on the location here:
It is very troubling to see this new hot springs burning news, since both dogs died of horrible burns, and the man is in critical condition after trying to save them.
This whole scenario sounds familiar – doesn’t it?!
This sounds like a movie I remember called Dante’s peak.
The movie involves a plot around an earthquake swarm striking near a volcano, a scientist warning about eruption (but the USGS won’t listen), and then a couple of people dive into a normally warm hot springs, and are boiled alive.
Am I the 21st century version of Dr. Harry Dalton from the movie Dante’s peak? Sure hope not.
Please don’t make me drive across lava to be listened to. Be prepared now.
Ignoring this would be foolish in my opinion, and dismissing it as heating due to LACK of “cool water” flowing in, doesn’t cut it as “science” in my book.
A first hand study of the location is needed before anyone tries to claim this is just “chance”.
I would like to take this opportunity to tell you .. please stay calm…
Hope I don’t have to end up screaming it…. PLEASE ! STAY CALM!
(It has come to my attention from a viewer – Dante’s peak , ironically, was filmed in Northern Idaho)
Full story below:
August 25, 2015
“SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) – A man hiking through a national forest in Idaho suffered severe burns and his two dogs were scalded to death when both canines plunged into a hot spring and he jumped in after them to try to save his pets, authorities said on Tuesday.
The freak accident occurred last week in the Panther Creek Hot Springs, a popular spot in the sprawling Salmon-Challis National Forest, about 50 miles (80 km) northwest of the tourist town of Salmon in east-central Idaho.
Temperatures at Panther Creek, usually mild enough for human bathing, had apparently grown dangerously high, possibly from drought conditions that may have curtailed cool water flows that normally mix with the springs’ geothermally heated groundwater, forest spokeswoman Amy Baumer said.
The hiker, who was not publicly identified, was out walking through the mountains with his dogs last Thursday when both pets leaped into the hot springs, killing one animal outright and prompting the man to plunge into the searing water to rescue the other, authorities said.
The second dog later died of its burns after being taken to veterinarians for emergency treatment.
While forest visitors are advised to test the temperature of hot springs before immersing themselves, the injured hiker acted on instinct in an attempt to save his pet, Lemhi County Chief Deputy Sheriff Steve Penner said.
A U.S. Forest Service firefighting crew that happened to be in the area came to the man’s aid and arranged for a medical helicopter to fly him to a hospital for treatment of severe burns, according to Penner.
Panther Creek draws dozens of visitors annually, and forest managers were unaware of a similar incident ever occurring in the 107-year history of the Salmon-Challis, which spans 4.3 million acres (1.7 million hectares) and numerous hot springs, said Ken Gebhardt, a district ranger.
“The forest is very interested in doing what it can to better inform the public about this accident in hopes of preventing another tragedy,” he said.
Hot springs, the subject of travel guides and copious online commentary by outdoor enthusiasts, are widely dispersed across the Northern Rockies and other regions where volcanic activity and geothermal features are intertwined.”