Yosemite Fires (Update #6)
August 23, 2012
Cascade: (37 46.173 x 119 40.519; 7800'El., Mariposa Co., 6.15.12) The fire continues to show low fire activity, slow spread and light smoke production. After recent ground observations, the fire was recalculated to 633 acres. Three firefighters are assigned and the fire will continue to be monitored through the foreseeable future. The fire is most active to the north and southeast. Most of the fire is creeping and smoldering in a red fir forest and through stingers of fuel in open areas of granite. Firefighters took actions to install a light handline between granite ridges to limit fire spread to the south and southwest. The line will also hold the fire from moving into denser fields of brush and tree stands, help limit smoke production, and keep the fire off trails and the Valley rim. Air quality has remained in the good range. The park's webcam, located at Crane Flat Helibase, captures fire images, which can be viewed at: http://ssgic.cr.usgs.gov/dashboards/WebCam.htm?
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Did You Know?
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.