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?
The indigenous people of Yosemite Valley have used fire as a tool for thousands of years. Fire was used to encourage the growth of plants used for basket making and to promote the growth of the black oak--a sun loving species--and a staple food source for American Indians from this region.