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Yosemite Fire Update July 31, 2014 as of 7:00AM

July 31, 2014 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

General El Portal Fire Information
The El Portal Fire remains very active in extremely steep and remote terrain requiring heavy dependence on TYPE 1 hand crews and aviation assets.  As with any incident in Yosemite National Park, firefighter and public safety is our number one priority. We appreciate everyone’s assistance with this priority.

• The fire is currently 3,900 acres and 34% contained.
• Resources assigned include 1,063 Fire Personnel.
• As of July 29 at 9AM, the evacuation order for Old El Portal was lifted.
• As of July 27, a Type 1 Interagency Management Team, from Southern California, was given command of this fire. The fire is on both NPS lands and Stanislaus National Forest. Joint Unified Command has been established.
• On July 26, at approximately 3:15, the El Portal fire began in the community of El Portal.

Foresta – Fire remains active near community
• Evacuations remain in effect for Foresta.
• Structures in Foresta remain threatened. Two structures have been lost in Foresta – both of which were lost on the first day of the fire, located at the same address.
• Structure protection engines remain in the area.

Campgrounds & Roads Affected
• Tigoa Road is open and all of Highway 120 is open.
• All of Big Oak Flat Road is open.
• Crane Flat Campground is closed due to the El Portal Fire.
• Yosemite Creek Campground is closed due to the Dark Hole Fire.
• Bridalveil Campground is being used for fire operations and is therefore closed. 
• Hodgdon Meadows Campground remains open.

Additional Fire Activity in Yosemite – all lightning started fires in designated Wilderness
• Dark Hole (724 acres, 5% contained) – managing for minimum impact to wilderness character and is being managed by the Type 1 Interagency Team. 
• Mount Starr King (.5 acres) – smoldering and creeping
• Lembert (.25 acres) – smoldering and creeping
• Cathedral (.5 acres) – smoldering and creeping
• Elbow (2 acres) – smoldering and creeping

For More Information
El Portal Fire updates are provided by the Type 1 Incident Management Team, working closely with park management.  Fire information call center: 209-372-0327 or 209-372-0328.


Map showing the fire perimeter

Did You Know?

Sierra Sweet Bay

In Wawona and downstream, the South Fork Merced River provides habitat for a rare plant, the Sierra sweet bay (Myrica hartwegii). This special status shrub is found in only five Sierra Nevada counties. In Yosemite, it occurs exclusively on sand bars and river banks along the South Fork Merced River downstream from Wawona and on Big Creek.