Fire Update, October 9, 2020

October 09, 2020 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

There are multiple fires burning in Yosemite National Park. Each fire is burning in fire adapted ecosystems in Wilderness. There are trail closures in effect. All fires may be visible from Tioga Road (Highway 120 through Yosemite National Park), Glacier Point, and high country vistas. Smoke from each fire is settling locally at night and in the morning then rising and dispersing to the north and northeast in the early afternoon. Park managers are working with the local Air Quality Districts to monitor smoke impacts to the park and local communities. Smoke from ongoing regional fires continue to impact the area. Please heed all signed trail closures and follow all traffic controls in areas you will be visiting. 

Blue Jay Fire

Location: Yosemite Creek drainage south of the 10 Lakes trail at 9,000 feet elevation. 
Discovery Date: July 24, 2020                                          
Size: 6,334 acres                                                                    
Containment: 50%                                                              
Strategy: Confine and Contain                                 
Cause: Lightning  

Activity is moderate because of weather and available fuels in the area. Fire is creeping and smoldering through ground litter, and pockets of accumulated dead and down logs, with some isolated single tree torching and short range spotting in active areas. Primary direction of growth is to the north and northeast from Tioga Road at McSwain Summit. There may be some smoke impacts to Tioga Road (Highway 120 through Yosemite National Park) during the day. For park road information call 209-372-0200 Press 1 then 1. 
inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6888/  

Wolf Fire

Location: North of White Wolf Campground and west of Lukens Lake Trail at 9,000 feet elevation. 
Discovery Date: August 11, 2020                                   
Size: 1,818 acres                                                                      
Containment: 60%                                                               
Strategy: Confine and Contain                                 
Cause: Lightning  

The fire has shown minimal growth, primarily on the southeastern edge. It is burning in dense pockets of vegetation, accumulated dead and down logs, and is creeping along the forest floor. Some isolated single tree torching and short range spotting has occurred along the active perimeter
inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7134/  

North Whizz Dome Fire

Location: South of Cathedral Creek and 1 mile northwest of Tioga Road at 8,400 feet elevation.
Discovery Date: August 27, 2020                                    
Size: 138 acres                                                          
Containment: 0%                                                                 
Strategy: Monitor                                        
Cause: Lightning  

The fire has shown minimal activity with a 15% active perimeter, primarily on the western edge. The fire is burning through ground litter and in pockets of accumulated dead and down logs. Fire personnel will continue to monitor fire behavior and growth. 
inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7135/  

Horse Fire

Location: Horse Ridge, 1 mile southeast of Ostrander Lake at 9,500 feet elevation.
Discovery Date: August 24, 2020                                    
Size: 21 acres                                                          
Containment: 50%                                                                  
Strategy: Monitor                                        
Cause: Lightning

The fire has shown no growth. However, some burning continues within the perimeter. There are no threats to trails or infrastructure. Fire personnel will continue to monitor fire behavior and growth. 
inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7149/

Last updated: October 9, 2020

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