Firefighters Suppressing Powerhouse Fire in Yosemite National Park
Firefighting efforts are underway in Yosemite National Park to contain the Powerhouse Fire. The fire was discovered today at approximately 5:00 am and is currently 7 acres. The fire is ½ mile west of the Big Oak Flat (Highway 120 in the park)/ El Portal Road (Highway 140 in the park) junction.
Yosemite National Park firefighters and California Department of Forestry crews are working to contain the fire. There are 70 firefighters, 4 engines, and 2 helicopters committed to this fire.
The fire is 85% contained and park managers hope to have the fire fully contained by this afternoon. All roads and facilities are open. However, visitors should expect traffic control along the El Portal Road. This is for both public and firefighter safety.
The Powerhouse Fire is a human-caused fire and is being actively investigated.
Did You Know?
Rockfall events have helped shape many of the outstanding features along Yosemite Valley's walls, including Royal Arches, North Dome, and Half Dome. Giant talus slopes that slant away from the Valley walls accumulate debris with each rockfall event.