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Yosemite Fire Information and Updates

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During the summer, we'll post updates and information about fires in Yosemite. This will include information about planned prescribed burns as well as natural fires ignited each year by lightning.

Yosemite Fire Update for July 18, 2013 (#7)

July 18, 2013 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

This lightning caused fire continues to moderate in activity and remains at approximately 165 acres. This fire began May 21, when a single tree was struck by lightning. The fire is west of the Eagle Peak Meadow and Creek, a tributary of Yosemite Creek, and is north of Eagle Peak, on the north rim of Yosemite Valley. It is burning through a predominately red fir forest.

 

Forbidden Fire Update (6/25/13)

June 25, 2013 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Forbidden Fire: As of June 23, this lightning caused fire is approximately 105 acres. A single tree was struck by lightning on May 21, 2013. The fire is west of the Eagle Peak Meadow and Creek, a tributary of Yosemite Creek, and is north of Eagle Peak, on the north rim of Yosemite Valley. It is burning through a predominately red fir forest.

 

Yosemite Fires (Update #10)

September 23, 2012 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

The Cascade Fire continues to show low to moderate fire activity. After recent ground and helicopter observations, the fire is at 1350 acres.

 

Yosemite Fires (Update #8)

September 06, 2012 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Cascade: (37 46.173 x 119 40.519; 7800’El., Mariposa Co., 6.15.12) The fire continues to show low to moderate fire activity. After recent ground observations, the fire is at 1113 acres. Approximately 30 to 40 percent of the perimeter is active on the west flank. Most of the fire is creeping and smoldering in light brush and compact needle cast from the red fir forest. The fire will continue to be monitored. Air quality has remained in the good range.

 

Did You Know?

American Indians use traditional ignition methods on a prescribed fire project

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.