Past Fire Activity
In Yosemite, fire records date back to 1930; therefore, Yosemite fire managers have 80 years of records on fire and suppression activities. Tree ring studies provide fire frequency dating back hundreds and thousands of years. This historical information has helped shape goals and objectives for today's fire management program. Scroll down to view a graphic representation of fire activity from 2000-2010. Also, find annual summaries of the 2010, 2009 and 2008 fire seasons, and a prescribed fire history map--detailing four decades of prescribed burns. (Compare to this year's current fire activity.)
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.