Significant Progress Made on Big Meadow Fire - UPDATED
UPDATE (8/31/2009 at 4 pm): Due to poor visibility from smoke from the Big Meadow Fire, the west end of Tioga Road has been closed to through traffic from White Wolf to Crane Flat Gas Station. There is no projected opening date of this portion of the Tioga Road at this point. Tuolumne Meadows to White Wolf is still accessible from the east end of the park via Highway 395.
The Big Meadow Fire in Yosemite National Park and Stanislaus National Forest has grown to 4,909 acres, from 4,382 acres yesterday. Containment is at 55%. Firefighters made good progress at strengthening fire lines on the south and west part of the fires. The fire is active on the northern flank of the fire approaching the Tioga Road near Tamarack Flat and in the upper Crane Creek drainage.
The Tioga Road in Yosemite will have restricted access, between the Big Oak Flat Entrance Station and White Wolf, which will begin tomorrow, September 1. This is due to fire activity from the Big Meadow Fire. This segment of the Tioga Road will have controlled access with a pilot car between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. The road will be closed at night to through traffic from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m. Motorists should expect delays throughout the day. Visitors will still have access to Hodgdon Meadow Campground near the Big Oak Flat Entrance Station.
The Big Oak Flat Road, from Crane Flat Gas Station to the intersection of El Portal Road and Big Oak Flat Road, remains closed due to fire activity. In addition, Crane Flat and Tamarack Flat Campgrounds, Foresta, Old El Portal, and Yosemite View Lodge also remain closed. There is no projected opening date at this time.
For additional fire information please visit www.inciweb.org, www.nps.gov/yose/fire and www.nps.gov/fire/public/pub_firenews.cfm. In addition, visitors may call 209-372-0669 or 209-372-0327 for updated fire information during business hours.
Did You Know?
Natural fires in Yosemite are often no more than a single burning snag (standing dead tree) or a slow moving, low intensity fire that cleans underbrush from the forest floor. These fires prevent unwanted fires by removing accumulating forest debris that can fuel a larger fire in hot, dry conditions.