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?
Rockfall events have helped shape many of the outstanding features along Yosemite Valley's walls, including Royal Arches, North Dome, and Half Dome. Giant talus slopes that slant away from the Valley walls accumulate debris with each rockfall event.