Meadow Fire Update #7

September 15, 2014 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information
Incident Statics 
Acres Burned: 4,772
Structures Threatened: 0 
Containment: 80%
Structures Damaged: 0 
Fire Start Date: July 19, 2014
Injuries: 2 
Fire Discovered: 8/15/14
Total Personnel: 424 
Fire Cause: Lightning
Cost to date: $4.5 million 
Est. Containment: 9/21/14  

  • The Fire is located within the designated wilderness of the Yosemite National Park in Mariposa County and is currently within Little Yosemite Valley between Half Dome and Mount Starr King on both sides of the Merced River. 
  • The fire spread significantly due to a wind event which occurred on September 7, 2014. 
  • In Yosemite National Park, fire managers operate within the federal guidelines to assess new naturally caused fires, long enough to determine the threat or benefit the fire may or may not have on the parks ecology. Most fires within the Yosemite National Park naturally burn themselves out. Only a small number of fires show potential for large fire growth and fire suppression action is needed to mitigate the threat to resources. Fire is an important component to the health of the parks sensitive ecology. 
  • Recreation and businesses remain open in the Yosemite National Park except trail areas listed below. 
Fire Update 
  • Firefighter and public safety remains the highest priority. Fire crews are being sensitive to environmental and cultural resources in and around the fire area. 
  • Last night's operational briefing indicated an additional 30 percent containment of the fire. There are still a few isolated heat sources along the fires perimeter with most of the heat dispersed through the fires interior. Crews continue to patrol containment lines and address hot spots as needed. Isolated heat sources are scattered throughout the fire. Air quality continues to increase as fuels are consumed.  
  • Due to the extremely steep, rugged and inaccessible terrain, some fire crews are being flown into the area by helicopter. Air resources, including eight helicopters are being utilized along the fire-line to slow the forward progress of the fire and to cool down hot spots. Due to the potential fire growth and extensive amount of work which remains, a high commitment of resources will be required. 
  • Fire crews are using Minimum Impact Suppression Tactics (M.I.S.T). Fire crews are confining and containing the naturally caused fire by utilizing natural barriers such as, rock to rock, rock to domes, decomposed granite (DG) to sparse fuels. Crews are working hard to maintain natural habitat in the wilderness and working diligently to limit the foot print the suppression effort may cause. 
  • The South Central Interagency Incident Management Team is working with Yosemite National Park Fire Crews on transitioning the fire back to the park. Yosemite National Park will take over the fire on September 16 at 6:00 a.m.  
  • The trail to Half Dome via Little Yosemite Valley is open to day-use only. No overnight camping in any areas impacted by the fire is permitted. 
  • The fire continues to burn through popular hiking areas in Yosemite National Park and trail closures still remain in effect. 
  • Smoke from the Meadows Fire will continue to impact visitors, campers and employees overnight and in the early morning hours in Yosemite Valley.  Fires can produce heavy smoke that blows down into Yosemite Valley. Be prepared for smoke in the unhealthy AQI range normally worse in the mornings with some clearing in the afternoon hours.  
  • Information for schools can be found on this site and links to current air quality updates for this incident will be posted on the California Smoke Information blog. 
Trail Closures 
By order of the Superintendent of Yosemite National Park and under authority of Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations, Section 1.5(a) and Section (a)(1):
  • Little Yosemite Valley (closed to overnight use) 
  • The John Muir Trail between Little Yosemite Valley and Sunrise High Sierra Camp 
  • Sunrise and Merced Lake High Sierra Camps and backpackers' camps 
  • The Sunrise Trail south of the Tenaya Lake Trail Junction 
  • Clouds Rest and Sunrise Lakes 
Cooperating agencies include: U.S. Forest Service, National Weather Service and California Conservation Corp. 

For More Information: 
Fire information:  
Fire Information call center: 209/372-0327;372-0328;and, 372-0329. 
For Yosemite air quality data and webcams: 

Map showing fire progression from Sept. 2-14

Last updated: September 15, 2014

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