Yosemite National Park Prescribed Burn Successful
Yosemite National Park fire managers are pleased to announce that the prescribed fire near Crane Flat has been successfully completed. Fire officials ignited the prescribed fire on Tuesday, June 29 after extensive preparation, including roadside thinning of vegetation and the ignition of several burn piles.
The goal of the prescribed burn was to reduce fire fuels near the park boundary, the Rockefeller Grove of sugar pine trees, and structures located in the Crane Flat area. All goals for the fire have been successfully met. The objective burn area of 200 acres burned was accomplished. This fire was the first prescribed fire in this location; however, other areas near the site have previously been burned.
Smoke impacts to El Portal, Foresta, and Hodgdon Meadows were minimal. Fire crews will remain onsite throughout the next couple of weeks to observe any remaining hotspots and to help mop-up the area.
No injuries were reported during the prescribed fire. Fire crews from Yosemite National Park, Sierra National Forest, Stanlislaus National Forest, Point Reyes National Seashore, and Whiskeytown National Recreation Area assisted in the prescribed burn.
Did You Know?
In Yosemite Valley, dropping over 594-foot Nevada Fall and then 317-foot Vernal Fall, the Merced River creates what is known as the “Giant Staircase.” Such exemplary stair-step river morphology is characterized by a large variability in river movement and flow, from quiet pools to the dramatic drops of the waterfalls themselves.