Lightning Caused Fire in Yosemite National Park Continues to Burn in the Northern Area of the Park, Near Harden Lake
Fire Being Managed for Ecological Purposes
A lightning caused fire in Yosemite National Park continues to burn in the area of Harden Lake. The fire, known as the Slope Fire, was spotted on July 25th. Total acreage of the Slope Fire is 530 acres and continues to spread moderately. Yosemite Fire Crews are continuing to manage the Slope Fire for the purpose of ecological objectives.
Moderate smoke from the Slope Fire is visible along the Tioga Road, the O’Shaughnessy Dam at Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, Tuolumne Meadows, and surrounding communities near the Big Oak Flat Entrance.
The Harden Lake area and the trail to Pate Valley from Harden Lake are closed due to fire activity. The White Wolf trailhead to Pate Valley and Lukens Lake remain open. Cooperating agencies in the managed fire include the San Francisco Water Quality and Public Utilities Commission at Hetch Hetchy and the Tuolumne County Air Pollution Control District.
For more information on fire please visit www.nps.gov/yose/fire or call 209-372-0480
Did You Know?
In Wawona and downstream, the South Fork Merced River provides habitat for a rare plant, the Sierra sweet bay (Myrica hartwegii). This special status shrub is found in only five Sierra Nevada counties. In Yosemite, it occurs exclusively on sand bars and river banks along the South Fork Merced River downstream from Wawona and on Big Creek.