Yosemite National Park Announces the End of Fire Season
Yosemite National Park announces the end of the fire season, today, October 8, 2010.
Yosemite National Park experienced measurable precipitation earlier this week. The rainfall measurement, from park weather stations, recorded approximately 3.5 inches of rain in Wawona and Yosemite Valley. Additionally, over 3 inches of snow fell in Tuolumne Meadows. Closure of the fire season occurs when there is a season ending precipitation event totaling 2 inches or more. The end of this year’s fire season is earlier than previous years due to the amount of precipitation.
Over the past several days, Yosemite National Park recorded roughly 1,200 lightning strikes, with confirmed ignition of 15 small fires. All of these fires are located within the Yosemite wilderness and are not a threat to park facilities or visitors. Fire personnel will continue to monitor these recent lighting fires. They are not expected to grow significantly.
Did You Know?
When it opened to the public on May 29, 1926, the Yosemite Museum became the first museum building in the national park system, and its educational objectives served as a model for parks nationwide. It still functions much as it was originally intended, and currently exhibits items which mainly reflect the Native occupation of Yosemite Valley and its surroundings. When in the park, you can visit with one of three cultural demonstrators who primarily staff the Museum.