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?
When it opened to the public on May 29, 1926, the Yosemite Museum became the first museum building in the national park system, and its educational objectives served as a model for parks nationwide. It still functions much as it was originally intended, and currently exhibits items which mainly reflect the Native occupation of Yosemite Valley and its surroundings. When in the park, you can visit with one of three cultural demonstrators who primarily staff the Museum.