Last updated: September 12, 2017
Yesterday smoke was good to moderate throughout the Yosemite area for most of the day. Dispersion remains poor today and tomorrow, however most areas are likely to stay in the good to moderate range unless there is new fire activity. The fire area received substantial wetting rain yesterday and activity should be minimal under continued high humidity and light winds. Fire Managers are working with the local Air Quality Districts and will be monitoring smoke impacts to the park and local communities. Community members who are sensitive to smoke may want to close their windows and doors, limit outdoor activity, and monitor the air quality forecast linked below for changes to the forecasted patterns.
Railroad Fire is 12,407 acres and 80% contained. Thunderstorms brought about a quarter of an inch of rain last night, today crews will continue mop up operations to extinguish hot spots near the perimeter. Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.
Location: .75 miles east of the community of Wawona
Size: 6,840 acres Cause: Unknown Containment: 47% Fuels: Mixed conifer and red fir
Fire remains quiet near the community of Wawona on the west and south flank of the fire. Sections of the north flank and the entire east flank are continuing to burn in the wilderness.
Discovered: 8/1/17 Location: 1 mile east of Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area and 3/4 mile south of Glacier Point Road
Size: 6,000 acres Cause: Lightning Containment: 55% Fuels: Red fir
Fire activity was minimal yesterday due to increased cloud cover and precipitation. Fire crews implemented a strategic burning operation along Glacier Point road from Mono Meadow Trailhead towards Horizon Ski trail. Glacier Point Road remains closed until further notice due to fire operations.
Location: N 37° 42.965' x W 119° 29.588' at approximately 7800 feet elevation
Size: 60 acres Cause: Lightning Spread Potential: Low/ Moderate
Fuels: Red fir/ Lodgepole Strategy: Monitor
Fire personnel have secured the northern edge of the fire which will prevent fire from entering steep slopes down into Little Yosemite Valley. Fire continues to back towards the Cascade Cliff area. Smoke will be visible from the high country.
Location: Hwy 120/Big Oak Flat Rd. at Foresta Rd.
Size: 15 ac. Cause: RV/ Vehicle fire Containment: 100% Fuels: Grass mixed shrubs
The fire started due to an RV catching fire and spreading north into the old Big Meadow burn scar which helped limit its spread. Yosemite fire crews will be checking this fire.
Location: N 37° 50.414' x W 119° 38.088' at approximately 7,970 feet elevation
Size: 3.4 acres Cause: Lightning Spread Potential: Low
Fuels: Red fir Strategy: Monitor
Fire is creeping and smoldering and will continue to be checked by fire crews.
Discovered: 8/2/17 Location: N 37° 49.336' x W 119° 34.720' at approximately 8154 feet elevation off Tioga road.
Size: 4.8 acres Cause: Lightning Spread Potential: Low
Fuels: Lodgepole/Red fir Strategy: Monitor
Fires edge is 30 feet from the Tioga road and is creeping and smoldering and to be checked by fire crews.