Prescribed Burn Rescheduled in Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park Fire Managers are planning a prescribed fire in the southern portion of the park near Bishop Creek and Rail Creek along the Wawona Road, on Monday, October 24, 2011. The original burn date was scheduled for Friday, September 30, 2011, but was canceled due to rainy and snowy conditions in the area. Ignition of the prescribed fire is dependent on favorable weather conditions. The total prescribed burn area will include 5,224 acres. The burn area will be broken up into segments, with Segment A being ignited on Monday, and will include 1,400 acres. The remaining acres will be burned at future dates. Fire engines, water tenders, and fire crews from Yosemite National Park and the U.S. Forest Service will be present during all fire activity.
Did You Know?
Giant sequoias are a fire adapted species. Their bark is fire resistant and fire helps open the sequoia cone and scatter the tiny seeds. Fire also clears forest debris from the mineral soil and provides a nutrient rich seed bed as well as clearing competing species.