Slope Fire Spreading Slowly in Yosemite National Park
The Slope Fire, a lightning caused fire in Yosemite National Park, continues to burn in the area of Harden Lake. The fire was spotted on July 25th and is currently at 597 acres. The fire has spread minimally in the past few days due to fuel type and recent rain in the area. Yosemite Fire Crews are continuing to manage the Slope Fire for the purpose of ecological benefits.
Very little smoke is visible in the surrounding area due to the Slope Fire. The Harden Lake area and the trail to Pate Valley from Harden Lake are closed due to fire activity. Fire crews will assess the trail near Harden Lake later today to determine when it will open to the public. 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.
Did You Know?
The indigenous people of Yosemite Valley have used fire as a tool for thousands of years. Fire was used to encourage the growth of plants used for basket making and to promote the growth of the black oak--a sun loving species--and a staple food source for American Indians from this region.