New Yosemite Fire (Rainbow Fire)
May 10, 2013
Rainbow View (37 43.594 x 119 40.495; 6000'el., Mariposa Co., found May 10.) This probable lightning caused fire was reported on the evening of May 9. A thunderstorm, accompanied with nearly two inches of rain, occurred Friday in the fire area. A single snag (dead standing tree) is burning and smoldering. One quarter acre has burned. The fire is surrounded by rock and scree and has low potential for growth. The fire is on the north rim of Yosemite Valley, above Rainbow View, east of Fireplace Bluffs and near the Old Big Oak Flat Road into the Valley. The smoke from this fire will be visible from Tunnel View. The fire is on a cliff and due to inaccessability, firefighters will monitor this fire for now. The fire poses no threat to visitors, trails, buildings, infrastructure or roads.
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Did You Know?
Starting in 1907, the Yosemite Valley Railroad brought passengers bound for Yosemite Valley up the Merced River canyon to El Portal. From there, they would take stagecoaches to the Valley. Some of the old train cars are now on display in El Portal.