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    Yosemite

    National Park California

Powerhouse Fire Contained in Yosemite National Park

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Date: September 18, 2006

Firefighters have contained the Powerhouse Fire and mop up operations are underway. The fire was discovered today at approximately 5:00 am. Using GPS, fire managers accurately assessed the fire at 3.5 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 1 helicopter committed to this fire.

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. Mop up and patrol operations will continue for the next several days.

The Powerhouse Fire is a human-caused fire and is being actively investigated.

Did You Know?

Wawona Covered Bridge

Built to connect human developments on both sides of the South Fork Merced River, the Wawona Covered Bridge is one of few covered bridges in the region. Built in 1868 by Yosemite’s first guardian, Galen Clark, the Wawona Covered Bridge boasts state significance within transportation, entertainment, and recreation contexts.