Yosemite Fire Information and Updates

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During the summer, we'll post updates and information about fires in Yosemite. This will include information about planned prescribed burns as well as natural fires ignited each year by lightning.

Fire Update - November 6, 2017

November 06, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

The Mariposa Grove prescription fire successfully treated approximately 100 acres within the historic sequoia grove. The Yosemite wildland fires (Ribbon, South Fork, Porcupine) that are currently active may still smolder but these will likely not be producing much smoke.  Expect to still see light, visible smoke on the Empire and Starr King fires.

 

Mariposa Grove Prescribed Fire Update - November 3, 2017

November 03, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Today Yosemite Fire began a prescription burn in the Mariposa Grove of Sequoias.  As of 5pm the area treated consisted of 70 acres.  This included 20 acres in unit 11 and the remaining 50 in unit 4.  We are seeing a minor increase in fire behavior on the west hand line in unit 4 as it burns into the heavier dead and down fuels.  There is currently moderate smoke production with smoke dispersal to the NE.

 

Yosemite Fire Update - October 27, 2017

October 27, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Several fires remain visible throughout Yosemite National Park's wilderness. Fire Managers are working with the local Air Quality Districts and will be monitoring smoke impacts to the park and local communities. Last weekend the system that moved through offered a respite from the smoky conditions. We are now experiencing a strong stable air mass over the area bringing warmer temperatures and lower humidity that will likely continue throughout the week.

 

Mariposa Grove Prescribed Burn - Update

October 30, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Yosemite National Park fire managers are planning a prescribed fire in the Mariposa Grove during the window of 4-14 of November, weather conditions permitting. We expect to have a few days of smoke associated with this burn. 

 

Fire Update October 19th, 2017

October 24, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Several fires remain visible throughout Yosemite National Park's wilderness.

 

Empire Fire Update #42

October 20, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Fire activity has increased this week due to warmer drier temperatures. The Empire Fire is burning into the 2004 Meadow Fire footprint in the Illilouette drainage. This area has shrubs and heavier dead and down fuel. With the expected warm and dry air and stable atmospheric conditions, expect poor dispersion of smoke, which means we are likely to have smoke in Yosemite Valley and the El Portal area throughout the coming week.

 

Fire Update - October 16, 2017

October 16, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

The Mariposa Grove and Soupbowl Prescribed Burns have been postponed. There are multiple fires burning in Yosemite National Park's wilderness. Fire managers are working with the local Air Quality Pollution Districts and will be monitoring smoke impacts to the park and local communities. Due to moderate smoke production from the Empire wildfire, Yosemite Valley will experience smoke, this will be compounded with campfire smoke until the morning inversion lifts.

 

Fire Update October 13th, 2017

October 13, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

There are multiple fires burning in Yosemite National Park's wilderness. Fire Managers are working with the local Air Quality Districts and will be monitoring smoke impacts to the park and local communities. For Yosemite Valley drift smoke may flow down into the valley in the mornings which will be compounded with campfires in the valley until the morning inversion lifts.

 

Fall Prescribed Fire Projects, October 13, 2017 update

October 13, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Yosemite National Park fire managers are planning two prescribed fires with ignitions starting on October 14th in the Mariposa Grove, weather conditions and air quality permitting, and continuing in Soupbowl for the week of October 15th. Air quality is a prime factor in moving forward with these prescribed fires.

 

Mariposa Grove and Soupbowl Prescribed Fires Planned for October 2017

October 06, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Yosemite National Park fire managers are planning two prescribed fires with planned ignitions starting on October 14th in the Mariposa Grove, weather conditions permitting, and continuing in Soupbowl for the week of October 15th. The amount of acres to be considered is based on air quality the day of planned ignition.

 

Fire Update September 29th, 2017

September 29, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

There are multiple fires burning in Yosemite National Park's wilderness. Weather has moderated with lower temperatures and higher relative humidities. Updates will be issued on Fridays.

 

Fire Update September 22, 2017

September 22, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

There are multiple fires burning in Yosemite National Park's wilderness. Weather has moderated with lower temperatures and higher relative humidities. All active fires in the park received moisture from the storm on 9/21. Updates will be done weekly on Fridays.

 

Empire Fire Update #39 September 16th, 2017

September 16, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Fire activity was minimal yesterday due to cooler temperatures and cloud cover. Crews completed a chipping operation and burning fuel pockets along Glacier Point road between Ostrander and Mono Meadow Trailheads. Thinning operations were completed along the east side of Glacier Point Road from Mono Meadow Trailhead to one mile north towards Glacier Point.

 

Fire Update September 16th, 2017

September 16, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

There are multiple fires burning in Yosemite National Park's wilderness. Weather has moderated with lower temperatures and higher relative humidities.

 

Fire Update September 14th, 2017

September 14, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Update

There are multiple fires burning in Yosemite National Park's wilderness. There has not been any change in size on the fires. Glacier Point Road is still closed due to fire operations along the road. Showers and thunderstorms are possible through this evening with increased relative humidities and cooler temperatures through the weekend. Gusty and erratic winds are possible with any thunderstorm that develops. 

 

South Fork Fire Update #30 September 13th, 2017

September 13, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

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. Showers and thunderstorms are possible each afternoon and evening through Tuesday, with a slight increase in temperature and lower relative humidities. Gusty and erratic winds are possible with any thunderstorm that develops.

 

Empire Fire Update #38 September 13th, 2017

September 13, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Fire activity was minimal yesterday due to increased relative humidity and precipitation from the last couple days. If conditions are favorable today fire crews will continue burn operations along Glacier Point road. Glacier Point road remains closed until further notice due to fire operations. Showers and thunderstorms are predicted this afternoon through Thursday with cooler temperatures and higher relative humidly through the end of the week.

 

Fire Update September 13th, 2017

September 13, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

There are multiple fires burning in Yosemite National Park's wilderness. Showers and thunderstorms are possible each afternoon and evening through Thursday with increased relative humidities and cooler temperatures. Gusty and erratic winds are possible with any thunderstorm that develops.

 

Empire Fire Update #37 September 12th, 2017

September 12, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

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. Showers and thunderstorms are predicted this afternoon which may bring moderate rain and frequent lightning.

 

Fire Update September 12th, 2017

September 12, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

There are multiple fires burning in Yosemite National Park's wilderness. Showers and thunderstorms are possible each afternoon and evening through Thursday with increased relative humidities and cooler temperatures. Gusty and erratic winds are possible with any thunderstorm that develops.

 

South Fork Fire Update #29 September 11th, 2017

September 11, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

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. Showers and thunderstorms are possible each afternoon and evening through Tuesday, with a slight increase in temperature and lower relative humidities. Gusty and erratic winds are possible with any thunderstorm that develops.

 

Empire Fire Update #36 September 11th, 2017

September 11, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Fire activity increased yesterday due to a strategic burning operation near Glacier Point Road between Ostrander Trailhead and Mono Meadow Trailhead. This activity will continue today to tie the northern flank of the fire to Glacier Point Road. Glacier Point Road remains closed until further notice due to fire operations. Showers and thunderstorms are possible this afternoon with a slight increase in temperatures and lower relative humidities.

 

Fire Update September 11th, 2017

September 11, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

There are multiple fires burning in Yosemite National Park's wilderness. Showers and thunderstorms are possible each afternoon and evening through Tuesday, with a slight increase in temperature and lower relative humidities. Gusty and erratic winds are possible with any thunderstorm that develops.

 

South Fork Fire Update #28 September 10th, 2017

September 10, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Fire remains quiet near the community of Wawona. The most activity yesterday was on the east flank burning into the wilderness backing through scattered pockets of dense fuel, towards Johnson Creek. Showers and thunderstorms are possible each afternoon and evening through Tuesday, with a slight increase in temperature and lower relative humidities. Gusty and erratic winds are possible with any thunderstorm that develops.

 

Empire Fire Update #35 September 10th, 2017

September 10, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Fire activity was moderated yesterday due to spotty precipitation over the fire area. . The most activity was on the north east section near Glacier Point Road. Glacier Point Road remains closed until further notice due to fire operations. Showers and thunderstorms are possible this afternoon with a slight increase in temperatures and lower relative humidities.

 

Fire Update September 10th, 2017

September 10, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

There are multiple fires burning in Yosemite National Park's wilderness. Showers and thunderstorms are possible each afternoon and evening through Tuesday, with a slight increase in temperature and lower relative humidities. Gusty and erratic winds are possible with any thunderstorm that develops.

 

Empire Fire Update #34 September 9th, 2017

September 09, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Fire was active yesterday. Glacier Point Road is closed. Bridalveil Campground will remain closed. Very little change in temperatures and humidities through the weekend. Slight chance for afternoon/early evening showers and thunderstorms for the next several days. A slight warming trend will begin today.

 

South Fork Fire Update #27 September 9th, 2017

September 09, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Fire remains quiet near the community of Wawona. The most activity yesterday was on the east flank burning into the wilderness through scattered pockets of dense fuel and the south flank backing into the South Fork of the Merced. Very little change in temperatures and humidities through the weekend. Slight chance for afternoon/early evening showers and thunderstorms for the next several days. A slight warming trend will begin Sunday.

 

Fire Update September 9th, 2017

September 09, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

There are multiple fires burning in Yosemite National Park's wilderness. Very little change in temperatures and humidities through the weekend. Slight chance for afternoon/early evening showers and thunderstorms for the next several days. A slight warming trend will begin Sunday.

 

Fire Update September 8, 2017

September 08, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

There are multiple fires burning in Yosemite National Park's wilderness. Very little change in temperatures and humidities through the weekend. Slight chance for afternoon/early evening showers and thunderstorms for the next several days. A slight warming trend will begin Sunday.

 

Fire Update September 7, 2017

September 07, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

There are multiple fires burning in Yosemite National Park's wilderness. A high pressure system continues to weaken over the area bringing cooler temperatures today and higher relative humidity some cloud cover will limit smoke dispersion. Thunderstorms are possible this afternoon into the early evening. Thunderstorms produce gusty and erratic winds.

 

South Fork Fire Update #24 September 6th, 2017

September 06, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Fire remains quiet near the community of Wawona. The most activity yesterday was on the east flank burning into the wilderness through scattered pockets of dense fuel and the south flank backing into the South Fork of the Merced. There was an increase in acreage due to more accurate mapping. Thunderstorms are predicted this afternoon with slightly cooler temperatures and higher relative humidities, producing gusty and erratic winds.

 

Empire Fire Update #31 September 6th, 2017

September 06, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Fire activity was moderate yesterday. Acreage has increased due to more accurate mapping. Glacier Point Road is open. Signage and traffic control will be in place to mitigate smoke and other hazards on the road; there is a potential for implementing temporary road closures or single lane convoys from Bridalveil Camp Ground to Mono Meadow trailhead depending. Bridalveil Campground will remain closed. Weather forecast for today predicts possible thunderstorms over the wildfire.

 

Fire Update September 6, 2017

September 06, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

There are multiple fires burning in Yosemite National Park's wilderness. A high pressure system continues to weaken over the area bringing cooler temperatures today and higher relative humidity some cloud cover will limit smoke dispersion.  Thunderstorms are possible this afternoon into the early evening. Thunderstorms produce gusty and erratic winds. 

 

Empire Fire Update #30 September 5th, 2017

September 05, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Fire activity was moderate yesterday. Acreage has increased due to more accurate mapping. Glacier Point Road is scheduled to reopen today, Tuesday, September 5, 2017, if favorable conditions continue. Signage and traffic control will be in place to mitigate smoke and other hazards on the road; there is a potential for implementing temporary road closures or single lane convoys from Bridalveil Campground to Mono Meadow trailhead depending.

 

South Fork Fire Update #23 September 5th, 2017

September 05, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Fire remains quiet near the community of Wawona. The most activity yesterday was on the east flank burning into the wilderness through scattered pockets of dense fuel and the south flank backing into the South Fork of the Merced. There was an increase in acreage due to more accurate mapping. Thunderstorms are predicted this afternoon with slightly cooler temperatures and higher relative humidities, producing gusty and erratic winds.

 

Fire Updates September 5, 2017

September 05, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

There are multiple fires burning in Yosemite National Park's wilderness A high pressure system remains in place with cooler temperatures today and increased cloud cover which will limit smoke dispersion.  Thunderstorms are possible this afternoon into the early evening. Thunderstorms produce gusty and erratic winds.

 

Empire Fire Update #29 September 4th, 2017

September 04, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Fire activity was minimal yesterday. Acreage has increased due to more accurate mapping. Glacier Point Road is scheduled to reopen on Tuesday, September 5, 2017, if favorable conditioned continue. Signage and traffic control will be in place to mitigate smoke and other hazards on the road; there is a potential for implementing temporary road closures or single lane convoys from Bridalveil Camp Ground to Mono Meadow trailhead depending.

 

South Fork Fire Update #22 September 4th, 2017

September 04, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Fire remains quiet near the community of Wawona. The most activity yesterday was on the east flank burning into the wilderness through scattered pockets of dense fuel. There was a decrease in acreage due to more accurate mapping. Thunderstorms are predicted this afternoon with slightly cooler temperatures and higher relative humidities. Thunderstorms produce gusty and erratic winds.

 

Fire Update September 4th, 2017

September 04, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

There are multiple fires burning in Yosemite National Park's wilderness A high pressure system remains in place with cooler temperatures today and increased cloud cover which will limit smoke dispersion. Thunderstorms are possible this afternoon into the early evening. Thunderstorms produce gusty and erratic winds.

 

Fire Update September 3rd, 2017

September 03, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

There are multiple fires burning in Yosemite National Park's wilderness A high pressure system remains in place with higher temperatures and increased cloud cover which will limit smoke dispersion.  Thunderstorms are possible this afternoon into the early evening. Thunderstorms produce gusty and erratic winds.

 

South Fork Fire Update #20 September 2nd, 2017

September 02, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Yesterday the northern and eastern flanks were active again as the fire burned into scattered pockets of heavy fuel, interior of containment lines. This fire behavior will continue as long as the warm dry weather pattern persists.  

 

Empire Fire Update #27 September 2nd, 2017

September 02, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Fire activity was moderated yesterday due to shading from the Railroad fire smoke. The east flank showed increased activity yesterday with some spotting on the northeast near Ostrander Ski Trail. Weather forecast for today predicts hotter and dryer conditions through the end of the week and into early next week.

 

Fire Update September 2nd, 2017

September 02, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

There are multiple fires burning in Yosemite National Park's wilderness Smoke will be present due to a high pressure system which brings higher temperatures and lower relative humidities.  Hot and dry weather will persist through the weekend and into early next week.

 

Railroad Fire September 1, 2017

September 01, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

The fire was active yesterday and grew primarily on the east side toward Big Sandy. The fire continues to burn in high tree mortality areas of Ponderosa Pine and Incense Cedar. Firefighters continue to build direct and indirect line to protect the communities of Fish Camp, Sugar Pine, and the Nelder Grove of Giant Sequoias.

 

South Fork Fire Update #19 September 1st, 2017

September 01, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Acreage was reduced due to more accurate mapping, the north and east flanks were most active yesterday as it burned into scattered heavy pockets of fuel. The south and west flanks of the fire are contained, some smoke and glow at night will be visible from Wawona as logs and brush burn interior.

 

Empire Fire Update #26 September 1st, 2017

September 01, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Fire activity was moderated yesterday due to shading from the Railroad fire smoke. The east flank showed moderate growth yesterday with some spotting on the northeast near Ostrander Ski Trail. Weather forecast for today predicts hotter and dryer conditions through the end of the week and into early next week.

 

Fire Update September 1st, 2017

September 01, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

There are multiple fires burning in Yosemite National Park's wilderness Smoke will be present due to a high pressure system which brings higher temperatures and lower relative humidities.  Hot and dry weather will persist through the weekend and into early next week.

 

Fire Update August 31th, 2017

August 31, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

There are multiple fires burning in Yosemite National Park's wilderness. Smoke will be present due to a high pressure system which brings higher temperatures and lower relative humidity. Hot and dry weather will persist through the weekend and into early next week.

 

Fire Update for August 30, 2017

August 30, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

There are multipole fires burning in Yosemite National Park's wilderness Smoke will be present due to a high pressure system which brings higher temperatures and lower relative humidities. 

 

Fire Update August 29th, 2017

August 29, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

There are multiple fires burning in Yosemite National Park's wilderness Smoke will be present due to a high pressure system which brings higher temperatures and lower relative humidities.  Thunderstorms are possible over the high country. Thunderstorms bring gusty winds and hazardous lightning.

 

South Fork Fire Update #16 August 29th, 2017

August 29, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

The north flank of the fire was the most active yesterday as it burned into heavy pockets of fuel. The south and west flanks of the fire are contained, some smoke will be visible as logs and brush burn in the interior. Crews will continue to patrol and monitor the flanks closest to the community of Wawona and Mariposa Grove.

 

Empire Fire Update #23 August 29th, 2017

August 29, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Due to a very dry air mass fire activity increased yesterday on the eastern flanks of the fire burning in heavy pockets of down and dead vegetation. The west and northwest flanks of the fire are contained and showed minimal activity. Fire crews are implementing a perimeter control strategy for the north, west, and southern flanks of the fire.

 

South Fork Fire Update #15 August 28th, 2017

August 28, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Yesterday the fire was most active on the north and north east flanks. The north flank of the fire burned in heavy fuels; fire behavior consisted of ground burning and some group tree torching. The east flank is being slowed by natural barriers and sparse vegetation. Crews are continuing to patrol the flank nearest the community of Wawona and the Mariposa Grove.

 

Empire Fire Update #22 August 28th, 2017

August 28, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

The Empire Fire is being managed for both resource and protection objectives. Yesterday the most active portion of the fire was on the east and southeast flank, the north end of the fire above Bridalveil Campground was relatively quiet, fire is holding and crews will continue to monitor.

 

Fire Update August 28, 2017

August 28, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

There are multiple fires burning in Yosemite National Park's wilderness smoke may be visible over the next couple of days due to a high pressure system which brings higher temperatures and lower relative humidity.  

 

Fire Update August 27th, 2017

August 27, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Several lightning strike fires are burning in Yosemite National Park. Allowing fires to burn naturally can result in a healthier, more diverse ecosystem. Reducing fuel buildup minimizes the potential for future catastrophic fires.

 

South Fork Fire Update #14 August 27th, 2017

August 27, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Yesterday the fire was flown on the north end, and was creeping and smoldering along the perimeter. The east flank of the fire was most active, in heavy fuels, but is being held and slowed by natural barriers and sparse vegetation. Crews on the south and west flanks will continue to mop up (extinguish hot spots on the fire’s edge). Aircraft will assist in securing the line as needed. Repair and rehabilitation have begun within the Yosemite Wilderness.

 

Empire Fire Update #20 August 26th, 2017

August 26, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

The Empire Fire is being managed for both resource and protection objectives. It is approximately 1 mile south of the Bridalveil Campground east of Alder Creek drainage and west of Bridalveil Creek drainage, burning in Red fir. Fire behavior has been actively flanking and backing with some single and group tree torching. The fire is burning in heavy pockets of dead and down timber, reducing fuels buildup which increases forest resiliency.

 

Empire Fire Update #19 August 25th, 2017

August 25, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

The Empire Fire is being managed for both resource and protection objectives. It is approximately 1 mile south of the Bridalveil Campground east of Alder Creek drainage and west of Bridalveil Creek drainage. Trails are closed from Bridalveil Creek Campground at the second junction with the Ostrander trail and from Westfall Meadow to the Deer Camp junction, along Alder Creek. Bridalveil Creek Campground is closed for fire resource use.

 

South Fork Fire Update #13 August 25th, 2017

August 25, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

All evacuations in Wawona have been lifted at this time. Trails within the fire area will remain closed until further notice. Wawona Campground has reopened.

 

Empire Fire Update #18 August 24th, 2017

August 24, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

The Empire Fire is being managed for both resource and protection objectives. It is approximately 1 mile south of the Bridalveil Campground east of Alder Creek drainage and west of Bridalveil Creek drainage. Trails are closed from Bridalveil Creek Campground at the second junction with the Ostrander trail and from Westfall Meadow to the Deer Camp junction, along Alder Creek. Bridalveil Creek Campground is closed for fire resource use.

 

South Fork Fire Update #12 August 24th, 2017

August 24, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

The mandatory evacuation of Wawona has been completely lifted starting today at 7:00 am. Residents, visitors and guests are allowed back in to all areas of the Wawona community. Trails within the fire area will remain closed until further notice.

 

Empire Fire Update #17 August 23, 2017

August 23, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

The Empire Fire is being managed for both resource and protection objectives. It is approximately 1 mile south of the Bridalveil Campground east of Alder Creek drainage and west of Bridalveil Creek drainage, burning in Red fir.

 

South Fork Fire Update #11 August 23rd, 2017

August 23, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

The mandatory evacuation of Wawona has been lifted for residents only on the west side of Chilnualna Creek starting today at 7:00 am. Visitors and residents east of the creek will be able to return tomorrow. Burning operations above Wawona were completed yesterday. Last night’s infrared flight shows significant reduction in heat in the western half of the fire.

 

South Fork Fire Update #10 August 22nd, 2017

August 22, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Burning operations above Wawona were successful yesterday as crews brought the fire down the containment line to the South Fork of the Merced. Today crews will finish burning the lower area along the river and continue to mop up on the west side. Firefighters have been inserted into the southeast portion of the fire to check the eastern spread and monitor the fire line north of the river.

 

South Fork and Empire Fire Updates - August 21, 2017

August 21, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Crews made significant progress yesterday building and strengthening line on the west side of the fire above Wawona. Contingency lines were also established to the northwest leading to Turner Ridge. Firefighters now have access to the South Fork and have been inserted to extinguish spot fires that have been occurring the past few days. Today crews will continue burning operations above Wawona from the fireline to the South Fork of the Merced.

 

South Fork and Empire Fire Updates - August 20, 2017

August 20, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

The South Fork Fire grew minimally yesterday as thunderstorms skirted the perimeter. Mandatory evacuations will remain in place in Wawona for the area east of Highway 41 on Forest Dr. and Chilnualna Falls Rd. The Empire Fire is being managed for both resource and protection objectives. It is approximately 1 mile south of the Bridalveil Campground east of Alder Creek drainage and west of Bridalveil Creek drainage.

 

Safety Closure Due to Wildland Fire - August, 19, 2017

August 19, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

In order to maintain the safety of park visitors and allow fire management operations to continue unimpeded, the Superintendent of Yosemite National Park is designating Wawona area as closed to visitors. The area will be closed until further notice is given.

 

South Fork Fire Update - August 19, 2017 - Evacuation Notice

August 19, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

An evacuation order has been placed for the community of Wawona. Evacuation order is for all areas east of Highway 41 along Chilnualna Falls Road and Forest Drive. Residents and visitors must vacate by 4:00 pm today. The Wawona Campground remains open.

 

South Fork Fire Update - August 19, 2017

August 19, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Fire activity increased yesterday primarily due to downdraft winds from thunderstorms. The area east of Highway 41 on Forest Dr. and Chilnualna Falls Rd. is closed to visitors and guests. Permanent residents are advised to be ready to evacuate within 12-24 hours, however they should be ready to leave with shorter notice if conditions warrant.

 

South Fork Fire Update - August 18, 2017

August 18, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

The South Fork Fire experienced minimal growth yesterday as weather conditions and high humidity levels held the fire within the western and southern containment lines. The fire continues to slowly spread to the northeast into the Yosemite Wilderness. Air resources will continue to assist the firefighting effort today as smoke levels allow.

 

South Fork and Empire Fire Updates - August 17, 2017

August 17, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

The South Fork Fire experienced minimal growth yesterday as weather conditions and high humidity levels held the fire within the western and southern containment lines. The fire continues to slowly spread to the northeast into the Yosemite Wilderness. The Empire Fire is being managed for both resource and protection objectives. It is approximately 1 mile south of the Bridalveil Creek Campground east of Alder Creek drainage and west of Bridalveil Creek drainage.

 

South Fork and Empire Fire Updates - August 16, 2017

August 16, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

The South Fork fire is burning 1 mile east of the community of Wawona upstream of Swinging Bridge in the South Fork of the Merced River drainage. There will be a community meeting on Wednesday, August 16 at 6 pm at the Wawona Community Center. It is currently 2,296 acres and 5% contained. The Empire Fire continues to burn and is 1,400 acres. There are closures in place related to each fire.

 

Fire Update August 15th, 2017

August 15, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Several lightning strike fires are burning in Yosemite National Park. Allowing fires to burn naturally can result in a healthier, more diverse ecosystem. Reducing fuel buildup minimizes the potential for future catastrophic fires.

 

Empire Fire Update #10 August 15th, 2017

August 15, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

The Empire Fire is being managed for both resource and protection objectives. It is approximately 1 mile south of the Bridalveil Campground east of Alder Creek drainage and west of Bridalveil Creek drainage, burning in red fir.

 

South Fork Fire Update #3 August 15, 2017

August 15, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

The South Fork fire is burning 1.0 mile east of the community of Wawona upstream of Swinging Bridge in the South Fork of the Merced River drainage. The fire is burning in the wilderness but is being managed for protection objectives due to its close proximity to the community of Wawona.

 

Smoke Management and Air Quality

August 15, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

When a fire is burning in Yosemite National Park, the park works closely with park air quality managers to calculate how much smoke may be produced based on the vegetation (fuel) type, number of acres, and meteorological conditions.

 

Empire Fire Update #9 - August 14, 2017

August 14, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

The Empire Fire is being managed for both resource and protection objectives. It is approximately 1 mile south of the Bridalveil Creek Campground east of Alder Creek drainage and west of Bridalveil Creek drainage, burning in red fir. Fire behavior has been actively flanking and backing with some single and group tree torching. The fire is currently 1200 acres and projected fire growth is expected in the northeast and southeast flanks.  

 

South Fork Fire - August 14, 2017

August 14, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

The South Fork Fire is burning 1.5 mile east of Wawona upstream of Swinging Bridge in the South Fork Merced River drainage. While it is burning in wilderness it is being managed for protection objectives due to its close proximity to the community of Wawona. The fire was discovered yesterday at 2:30 pm and air resources were quickly on scene. Initial attack was highly effective. Tactics included helicopter bucket work and tanker drops. The fire is 400 acres and 0% contained.

 

South Fork Fire - August 13, 2017

August 13, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

A new fire, the South Fork Fire, has started in Wawona, south of Wawona Dome. The Chilnualna Falls trail is closed at the bottom and smoke is visible from the area and is expected to be significant overnight. The fire size is currently estimated to be 20 acres and the cause is unknown. Air resources are on scene and suppression operations are in progress.

 

Yosemite Fire Update - August 13, 2017

August 13, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Several lightning strike fires are burning in Yosemite National Park. Allowing fires to burn naturally can result in a healthier, more diverse ecosystem. Reducing fuel buildup minimizes the potential for future catastrophic fires.

 

Empire Fire Update - August 13, 2017

August 13, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

The Empire Fire is being managed for both resource and protection objectives. It is approximately 1 mile south of the Bridalveil Campground east of Alder Creek drainage and west of Bridalveil Creek drainage. Trails are closed from Bridalveil Creek Campground at the second junction with the Ostrander trail and from Westfall Meadow to the Deer Camp junction, along Alder Creek. There are no threats to infrastructure at Bridalveil Campground.

 

Yosemite Fire Update - August 11th, 2017

August 11, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Several lightning strike fires are burning in Yosemite National Park. Allowing fires to burn naturally can result in a healthier, more diverse ecosystem. Reducing fuel buildup minimizes the potential for future catastrophic fires.

 

Empire Fire Update - August 11, 2017

August 11, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

The Empire Fire is in the wilderness and is being managed for both resource and protection objectives. It is approximately 1 mile south of the Bridalveil Creek Campground. The trail from Bridalveil Creek Campground to the first junction with the Ostrander trail is closed. Additionally from Westfall Meadow to the Deer Camp junction, the Alder Creek trail remains closed.

 

Yosemite Fire Update - August 10th, 2017

August 10, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Several lightning strike fires are burning in Yosemite National Park. Allowing fires to burn naturally can result in a healthier, more diverse ecosystem. Reducing fuel buildup minimizes the potential for future catastrophic fires.

 

Empire Fire Update - August 10, 2017

August 10, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

The Empire Fire is in the wilderness and is being managed for both resource and protection objectives and is 650 acres. The Alder Creek trail has been closed at the Bridalveil Creek Campground to the junction of the Deer Camp trail.

 

Empire Fire Update - August 8, 2017

August 08, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

The Empire Fire is in the wilderness and is being managed for both resource and protection objectives and is 412 acres. The Alder Creek trail has been closed at the Bridalveil Creek Campground to the junction of the Deer Camp trail.

 

Empire Fire Update - August 6, 2017

August 06, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

The Empire Fire is at 315 acres today. Growth was moderated over the last couple of days due to recent precipitation over the fire area. Crews are continuing to monitor the fire for both protection and resource objectives.

 

Yosemite Fire Update - Empire Fire #3

August 04, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

The Empire Fire is in the wilderness and being managed for both protection and resources objectives. It is approximately 1 mile south of the Bridalveil Campground east of Alder Creek drainage and west of Bridalveil Creek drainage burning in red fir.

 

Yosemite Fire Update - August 4th, 2017

August 04, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

There are expected thunderstorms again today and over the next couple of days which may produce more lightning and subsequently start more fires. Unless significant growth activity occurs on these fires we will be updating once a week every Thursday.

 

Yosemite National Park Institutes Fire Restrictions - August 2, 2017

August 04, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Yosemite National Park is experiencing high fire danger along with continued hot and dry weather patterns. Due to current and predicted fire conditions and fire behavior the Superintendent of Yosemite National Park will be implementing Stage 1 fire restrictions until further notice is given.

 

Yosemite Fire Update - August 3rd, 2017

August 03, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

The thunderstorm activity over Yosemite on August 2, 2017 produced several hundred lightning strikes in the high country, starting numerous fires.

 

Yosemite Fire Update - Empire Fire

August 02, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

The Empire Fire is located in Yosemite's Wilderness and was reported on the night of July 31. This fire is being managed for multiple objectives, for both protection and resources. It is approximately 1 mile south of the Bridalveil Creek Campground, between Alder Creek and Bridalveil Creek.

 

Soupbowl Prescribed Fire Update - June 12, 2017

June 12, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Yesterday evening at 7 pm Yosemite Fire and Aviation started ignition on the Soupbowl Prescribed Fire between the South Entrance and the community of Wawona. At 9 pm, operations were shut down due to mixed rain and snow. Burn conditions were good leading up to the weather event.  Approximately 5-10 acres of blackline was complete along the Wawona Road.

 

Soupbowl Prescribed Fire June 11, 2017

June 11, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Yosemite National Park fire managers are planning a prescribed fire starting the evening of June 11th, weather conditions permitting, in the Unit 26 Soupbowl B project area along Wawona Road (State Highway 41 extension) south of Wawona, potentially burning 2-3 segments ranging from 103 acres to 174 acres. The amount of acres to be treated will be based on air quality on the day of planned ignition.

 

Early Summer Prescribed Burns

June 07, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Yosemite National Park fire managers are planning a prescribed fire for the week of June 12th in the Wawona area, weather conditions permitting. The project area is Unit 26 Soupbowl B along the road, south of Wawona. This fire will burn 103 to 174 acres. The amount of acres to be considered is based on air quality the day of planned ignition. There may be an additional prescribed fire in the Mariposa Grove in the upcoming weeks.

 

Yosemite Fire Update #12

October 26, 2016 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Ignitions of the Mariposa Grove prescribed fire continued this past weekend with an additional 36 acres completed in the upper grove.  The project consists of 137 total acres, of which 75 acres have been completed over the last couple weeks.  Fire personnel will continue to monitor and patrol the grove area.  The Grove is currently closed to the public because of a major restoration project; burning at this time minimizes impacts to public use.

 

Mariposa Grove Prescribed Fire Update

October 20, 2016 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Yosemite National Park fire managers are planning to continue ignitions of the Mariposa Grove prescribed fire project on Saturday October 22, 2016 and Sunday October 23, 2016. The focus will be in the upper grove for a total of 55 acres. An estimated 7 to 10 days of active burn down is anticipated. Fire managers have already successfully completed 75 acres of ignitions, out of the 137 acre total project.

 

Yosemite Fire Update #11

October 14, 2016 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Ignitions of the Mariposa Grove prescribed fire continued this week with an additional 44 acres completed in the upper grove. Last week, 31 acres were completed in the lower grove. Fire personnel will continue to monitor and patrol the grove area. The Lakes Fire in the Chilnualna Lakes area, a lightning caused fire that is being managed for multiple objectives, is reported to be 1,001 acres.

 

Yosemite Fire Update #10 - 2016

October 13, 2016 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Ignitions of the Mariposa Grove prescribed fire continued yesterday with an additional 15 acres completed. Last week, 31 acres were completed in the lower grove. Fire personnel will continue working in the Grove over the next several days. The Lakes Fire in the Chilnualna Lakes area, between Turner Meadow and Buena Vista Peak, is a lightning caused fire that is being managed for multiple objectives. It is currently reported at 1,001 acres.

 

Mariposa Grove Prescribed Fire Continues

October 11, 2016 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Yosemite National Park fire managers are planning to continue ignitions of the Mariposa Grove prescribed fire on Wednesday October 12, 2016, resource availability, weather, and air quality permitting. Ignitions will take approximately three days with an additional 7 to 14 days of active burn down. The focus will be near the upper grove for a total of 62 acres. The previous ignition of 31 acres earlier this month was in the lower grove area.

 

Yosemite Fire Update #9

October 03, 2016 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Ignition of the 148 acre prescribed fire at Mariposa Grove began Sunday October 2, 2016 and a total of 31 acres were complete. Fire personnel will continue working in the lower grove area for mop up and monitoring. The Lakes Fire in the Chilnualna Lakes area, between Turner Meadow and Buena Vista Peak, is a lightning caused fire that is being managed for multiple objectives. It is approximately 587 acres.

 

Yosemite Fire Update #8

September 21, 2016 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

The Lakes Fire in the Chilnualna Lakes area, between Turner Meadow and Buena Vista Peak, is a lightning caused fire that is being managed for multiple objectives. A ground reconnaissance was completed by Yosemite Crew-1 members on September 17, 2016 and reported to be 587 acres.

 

Mariposa Grove Prescribed Fire

September 20, 2016 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Yosemite National Park fire managers are planning a 137 acre Mariposa Grove prescribed fire in the coming weeks, weather and air quality permitting. Ignition will take approximately two to three days with an additional seven to 14 days of active burn down.

 

Yosemite Fire Update #7

September 13, 2016 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

The prescribed fire at Ahwahnee Meadow concluded today; a total of 62 acres were successfully completed. Smoke will be present in the area during the next two to four days; fire resources will remain in the area to monitor conditions.

 

Yosemite Fire Update #6

September 12, 2016 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Ignition of the 62 acre prescribed burn at Ahwahnee Meadow began today; a total of 50 acres were completed. The remaining 12 acres will be scheduled for ignitiontomorrow morning, Tuesday September 13, 2016.

 

Yosemite Fire Update #5 - Lakes Fire and Ahwahnee Meadow Prescribed Burn

September 11, 2016 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

The Lakes Fire in the Chilnualna Lakes area is a lightning caused fire that is being managed for multiple objectives. An aerial flight was performed on September 10, 2016 and the fire was reported to be 755 acres in size. Also, Yosemite National Park fire managers are planning a 62 acre Ahwahnee Meadow prescribed burn the week of September 12, 2016.

 

Yosemite Fire Update #4 – Lakes Fire

September 09, 2016 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

The Lakes Fire in the Chilnualna Lakes area, between Turner Meadow and Buena Vista Peak, is a lightning caused fire that is being managed for multiple objectives. Yosemite Crew 1 personnel hiked into the fire on September 6, 2016 and reported it to be 280 acres. The fire had previously spread to the area of the 1999 Chil Fire area and is now most active on the northwest and west edge of the perimeter. Smoke is visible from various locations within the park and surrounding are

 

Ahwahnee Meadow Prescribed Burn

September 07, 2016 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Yosemite National Park fire managers are planning a 61 acre prescribed burn in the Ahwahnee Meadow in the coming week. Ignition will take approximately one day and an additional two to four days of active burn down.

 

Lakes Fire - Fire Safety Closure

August 29, 2016 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

The Lakes Fire is a lightning fire that is being managed for multiple objectives. It is believed to have been ignited on June 12 and has burned 189 acres. The fire has crossed the trail along Chilnualna creek with active fire and fire hazards in the area. Because of this, we have decided to close the trail between Turner Meadow (beyond the top of Chilnualna Fall) and Buena Vista Lake (map in blog post).

 

Yosemite Fire update

August 22, 2016 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

The Lakes Fire in the Chilnualna Lakes area, between Turner Meadow and Buena Vista Peak, is a lightning caused fire that is being managed for multiple objectives. This past week, Yosemite Crew 1 personnel hiked into the fire and reported it to be 145 acres.

 

Yosemite Fire Update #2

July 22, 2016 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

The Lakes Fire in the Chilnualna Lakes area, between Turner Meadow and Buena Vista Peak, is a lightning caused fire that is being managed for multiple objectives.This week, Yosemite Crew 1 personnel hiked into the fire and reported it to be 15.3 acres with the most activity on the northeast and southwest edges of the fire, due to the slope and wind alignment.Growth potential is estimated to be high.

 

Yosemite Institutes Fire Restrictions (2016)

July 12, 2016 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Yosemite National Park is experiencing high fire danger, along with continued hot and dry weather patterns. Due to current and predicted fire conditions and fire behavior, the Superintendent of Yosemite National Park implemented Stage 1 Fire Restrictions until further notice.

 

Yosemite Fire Update #1 for 2016

July 08, 2016 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

After receiving reports of smoke in the Chilnualna Lakes area, between Turner Meadow and Buena Vista Peak, fire personnel from Yosemite Crew-1 hiked into the area on June 7, 2016. A confirmed lightning strike tree was observed, which resulted in a 3.2 acre surface fire.

 

Yosemite National Park Announces the Beginning of Fire Season 2016

June 06, 2016 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

The 2016 fire season officially begins Monday June 6, 2016. Fire crews have completed all training, fire refreshers and fitness tests and all stations are staffed. The National Park Service has transitioned to fire season preparedness and fire resources will be available seven days per week for suppression efforts. Park fire resources for the season include: fire management officials, four Type 3 wildland engines, one helicopter, and one hand crew.

 

Soupbowl Prescribed Fire - POSTPONED

May 24, 2016 Posted by: yosemite Fire Information

Yosemite National Park fire managers are planning the 175 acre Soupbowl Prescribed Fire, Units 2 and 3, on May 31, 2016. Fire managers will wait for favorable weather conditions to begin the prescribe fire. Ignition will take 2 to 3 days and an additional 1 week of active burn down.

 

Proposed Prescribed Fires and other Fuels Thinning Projects for 2016

April 22, 2016 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Each year, Yosemite plans a variety of fire management projects such as prescribed fires and mechanical thinning projects throughout the park. These, along with natural lightning caused fires, round out the park's strategy of managing this natural process. This update outlines what we have planned for this year.

 

Prescribed Fire Planned in Yosemite on or before October 28

October 23, 2015 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Yosemite National Park Fire Managers are planning a prescribed fire in Yosemite National Park on or before Wednesday, October 28, 2015, weather and conditions permitting. There are two locations being considered for this prescribed burn and the final decision will be based on weather and air quality conditions. The prescribed burn will either occur in the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias or an area along the Wawona Road near the South Entrance of the park.

 

Taft Toe Prescribed Fire Update

October 22, 2015 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

The Taft Toe prescribed fire in the Yosemite Valley continues to burn through logs, stump and other vegetation. Periodic smoke will continue to be visible from locations within Yosemite Valley.

 

Taft Toe Prescribed Fire - Ignitions Completed

October 16, 2015 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

The 111 acre Taft Toe prescribed fire project began on Thursday morning at approximately 9:00 am, October 15, and ignitions was successfully completed at 6:15 pm. There will be an additional 3 to 5 days for logs and other vegetation to completely burn out. Some large logs may smolder until rain occurs.

 

Taft Toe Prescribed Fire

October 15, 2015 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

The Taft Toe prescribed fire project is projected to begin on Thursday morning, October 15. A test burn will commence near the Four Mile Trail and will proceed to the west. It is projected to take one and half days to complete ignitions of the burn and then approximately three to four days to burn down.

 

Yosemite Fire Update #24

October 13, 2015 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

The Bridalveil Fire became more active and visible due to higher temperatures and lower humidities over the weekend. The cause of the fire remains unknown. The fire is estimated to be at 30 to 40 acres. The fire is running into rocks, gravel and sparse fuels.

 

Bridalveil Fire Update

October 12, 2015 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

The Bridalveil Fire is now approximately 30 acres in size and smoke is visible from many locations within Yosemite Valley, Sentinel Dome, and the North Rim of the Valley. This fire poses no threats to public safety or park infrastructure. There is no percentage of containment. The Pohono Trail is closed from Dewey Point south to the trail junction from Taft Point and McGurk Meadow. The cause is unknown. There has been no lightning in the area since early August.

 

Yosemite Fire Update #23

October 11, 2015 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Two new fires have been discovered in Yosemite and are being suppressed. The Bridalveil Fire is a 1 acre fire near the south rim of Yosemite Valley near Cathedral Rocks. The Wegner Fire is at .10 of an acre and is located north of the Tioga Road.

 

Prescribed Fires Planned for Fall and Winter

October 09, 2015 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Yosemite National Park Fire Managers are planning a series of prescribed fires in the park. The prescribed burns would start in mid-October however they are dependent on weather and fuel conditions. Shorter days and cooler temperatures provide fire managers optimal prescribed burning conditions.

 

Yosemite Fire Update #22

September 21, 2015 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

The Tenaya Fire is contained at 415 acres. All trails have re-opened in that area. Hikers are advised to hike through the area quickly and stay on the trail. Three other small fires are being monitored in the park.

 

Yosemite Fire Update #21

September 15, 2015 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Tenaya (37 46.091 x 119 34.641 – Mariposa Co., 7200’ El. 8/7). This wildfire began on the afternoon of September 7, 2015, and is being suppressed. The fire is located along the Lehamite Creek Trail from the north rim of the Valley to the Tioga Road. The fire is at 415 acres; the change is due to more accurate mapping by firefighters hiking the perimeter.

 

Yosemite Fire Update #20

September 14, 2015 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

The Tenaya Fire is at 502 acres with 70% containment. There were no air tanker flights yesterday. There have been 2 minor injuries. There is no threat to structures. There is no estimated full containment and the cause is being investigated. Yosemite, as other mountain areas, continues to experience air quality impacts due to regional fires. Mariposa County Health Department/Air Pollution Control District has issued an Air Quality Alert. This alert extends throughout the entire Central Valley of California. Smoke levels are in the Unhealthy Range. The county suggests remaining indoors or minimizing outdoor activities as much as possible. This condition is expected to continue through the next several days.

 

Yosemite Fire Update #19

September 13, 2015 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

The Tenaya Fire remains at 455 acres with 25% containment. There has been one minor injury. There is no threat to structures. There is no estimated full containment and the cause is being investigated. Yosemite as other mountain areas continues to experience air quality impacts due to regional fires. Mariposa County Health Department/Air Pollution Control District has issued an Air Quality Alert. This alert extends throughout the entire Central Valley of California. Smoke levels are in the Unhealthy Range. The county suggests remaining indoors or minimizing outdoor activities as much as possible. This condition is expected to continue through the next several days.

 

Yosemite Fire Update #18

September 11, 2015 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

This wildfire began on the afternoon of September 7, 2015, and is being suppressed. The fire is located along the Lehamite Creek Trail from the north rim of the Valley to the Tioga Road. The fire is currently at 455 acres with 25% containment. The Incident Commander noted that fire activity has moderated today in part due to the aviation assets and crews on scene. There has been one minor injury. There is no threat to structures. There is no estimated full containment and the cause is being investigated.

 

Yosemite Fire Update #17, September 9, 2015

September 10, 2015 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

The Tenaya Fire began on the afternoon of September 7, 2015, and is being suppressed. The fire is located along both sides of the Lehamite Creek Trail from the north rim of the Valley to the Tioga Road. The fire is visible from many locations within the park. The fire is currently at 431 acres with 10% containment.

 

Yosemite Fire Update #16, September 8, 2015

September 09, 2015 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

The Tenaya Fire began on the afternoon of September 7, 2015, and is being suppressed. The fire is estimated to have burned 500 acres. There are no threats to structures and no injuries have occurred. All trails on the north rim of Yosemite Valley south of the Tioga Road and east of Yosemite Creek are closed. Currently no roads are closed within the park.

 

Tenaya Fire News Release

September 08, 2015 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

A wildfire above Yosemite Valley began yesterday afternoon, September 7, 2015. The "Tenaya Fire" is currently at approximately 500 acres and is burning above Yosemite Valley. The fire is located along both sides of the Lehamite Creek Trail from the north rim of the Valley to the Tioga Road. Smoke from this fire is visible throughout the park.

 

Tenaya Fire

September 08, 2015 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

The smoke visible in the Yosemite Valley is coming from the Tenaya Fire, which is located in Indian Canyon above the north rim of the Valley on both sides of the Lehamite trail, between the Valley and Tioga Road.

 

Yosemite Fire Update #14

September 03, 2015 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Yosemite has been experiencing periodical air quality changes due to regional fires. Numerous large fires are burning along the entire western part of the United States and transport winds are carrying smoke across a very large region. This pattern may continue for the next few days. We urge everyone to consider air quality when planning outdoor activities.

 

Yosemite Fire Update #13

August 22, 2015 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Air Quality in the park is being affected by numerous fires throughout California. Currently no roads are closed within the park.

 

Yosemite Fire Update #12

August 13, 2015 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

The Upper Fire was discovered by hikers at approximately 3:30PM, August 10. It is now out and in patrol status.

 

Yosemite Fire Update #11

August 11, 2015 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

The Upper Fire was discovered by hikers at approximately 3:30PM, August 10. It is at the top of the Yosemite Falls trail above the switchbacks. Quick action by the Yosemite Helitack, with supporting water bucket drops, and fire crews held the fire to 3 acres as of 10PM August 10.

 

Yosemite Fire Update #10

August 07, 2015 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Periodic thunderstorms have continued and over the month of July and early August there are now 5 lightning caused fires being monitored for multiple objectives. Lightning caused fires can take days or weeks to detect because vegetation has to dry out enough to create smoke or visible flames after the storm passes over. Additional fires may be discovered, as temperatures rise and fuels dry out. Most of these fires are small, single-tree strikes that amount to less than a tenth of an acre. These fires are in the wilderness and are being monitored by either fire crews hiking into the fire areas or via air reconnaissance due to location, sparse fuels, and low growth potential. Thunderstorms, lightning and fire have been part of the ecosystem for thousands of years and are necessary for natural processes and the long term health of forests. Yosemite engines and crews, 2 Bureau of Land Management engines, Whiskeytown Fire Module, and overhead personnel from Point Reyes are monitoring these fires.

 

Yosemite Fire Update #9

August 03, 2015 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Periodic thunderstorms have continued over the month of July and there are 8 lightning caused fires being monitored for multiple objectives. Lightning caused fires can take days or weeks to detect because vegetation has to dry out enough to create smoke or visible flames after the storm passes over. Additional fires may be discovered, as temperatures rise and fuels dry out. Most of these fires are small; single tree strikes that amount to less than a tenth of an acre.

 

Yosemite Fire Update #8

July 28, 2015 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Thunderstorms came through the park July 19 through 22. There are nine confirmed lightning-caused fires. Lightning-caused fires can take days or weeks to detect because vegetation has to dry out enough to create smoke or visible flames after the storm passes over. Additional fires may be discovered as temperatures rise and fuels dry out. Most of these fires are small: single-tree strikes that amount to less than a tenth of an acre. These fires are in the wilderness and are being monitored by either fire crews hiking into the fire areas or via air reconnaissance due to location, sparse fuels, and low growth potential. Yosemite and Point Reyes fire crews are monitoring all fires.

 

Yosemite Fire Update #7

July 24, 2015 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Thunderstorms came through the park on July 19 through 22. There are 12 confirmed lightning-caused fires. Lightning-caused fires can take days or weeks to detect because vegetation has to dry out enough to create smoke or visible flames after the storm passes over. Additional fires may be discovered, as temperatures rise and fuels dry out. Most of these fires are small, single-tree strikes that amount to less than a tenth of an acre. These fires are in the wilderness and are being monitored by either fire crews hiking into the fire areas or via air reconnaissance due to location, sparse fuels, and low growth potential. Yosemite and Point Reyes fire crews are monitoring all fires.

 

Yosemite Fire Update #6

July 15, 2015 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Thunderstorms came through the park starting July 1, and remained active through July 11. Yosemite National Park has 9 lightning-caused fires. These kinds of fires can take days or weeks to detect because vegetation has to dry out enough to create smoke or visible flames after the storm passes over. Additional fires may be discovered, as temperatures remain warm and fuels dry out. Most of these fires are small; single tree strikes that amount to less than a tenth of an acre. These fires are in the wilderness and are being monitored by either fire crews hiking into the fire areas or via air reconnaissance due to location, sparse fuels, and low growth potential. Yosemite and Point Reyes fire crews are monitoring all fires.

 

Yosemite Fire Update #5

July 06, 2015 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Thunderstorms came through the park starting July 1, and Yosemite National Park did receive six new lightning-caused fires. Most of these fires are small; single tree strikes that amount to less than a tenth of an acre. Lightning-caused fires can take days or weeks to detect because vegetation has to dry out enough to create smoke or visible flames after the storm passes over. Additional fires may be discovered.

 

Yosemite Fire Restrictions

July 02, 2015 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Yosemite National Park is experiencing very high fire danger along with continued hot and dry weather patterns. Due to current and predicted fire conditions and possible active fire behavior, the park implemented Stage 1 Fire Restrictions until further notice.

 

Yosemite Fire Update #4

June 25, 2015 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

The lightning caused Yosemite Creek, Boundary Peak and South Fork Fires have been declared out. The remote Wheel Fire, near Glen Aulin will be looked over by helicopter flights, although no smoke has been reported in a number of days from this fire. Haze and smoke from numerous regional fires are impacting air quality within Yosemite National Park. The most visible haze is from the Washington Fire near Lake Tahoe.

 

Yosemite Fire Update #3

June 22, 2015 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Four naturally ignited fires continue to burn in Yosemite's remote wilderness areas. The most notable, Yosemite Creek Fire, is being managed for multiple objectives and recent plans to conduct a black line operation today have been postponed.

 

Yosemite Fire Update #2

June 18, 2015 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Active fires being managed for multiple objectives: The current fires are due to thunderstorm activity over the Sierra Nevada Mountains and Yosemite since June. The national weather service is predicting continued drier and warm conditions. All the fires are being monitored by Yosemite National Park firefighters.

 

Yosemite Fire Update for June 12, 2015

June 12, 2015 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

The current fires were started during the recent thunderstorms over the Sierra Nevada Mountains and Yosemite since early June. Precipitation associated with the recent lightning caused fires has put some out. The national weather service is predicting continued thunderstorm activity through the weekend at the Sierra Crest. All the fires are being monitored by Yosemite National Park firefighters.

 

Fire update for June 8, 2015

June 09, 2015 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Six fires were reported or found over the weekend within Yosemite National Park. Most fires were due to thunderstorms and lightning activity. The storms were accompanied with rain, hail and light snow.

 

Yosemite National Park Announces the Beginning of 2015 Fire Season

June 01, 2015 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

The 2015 Fire Season in Yosemite National Park began on Sunday, May 24, 2015. Fire season officially begins when seasonal firefighting equipment and personnel are in place, prepared and ready to respond. Additionally, grasses and other vegetation at the lower elevations have begun to dry out. This year, vegetation is drying out faster than average due to the low snowpack the park received over the last three winter seasons, making for fire danger above average for this time of year.

 

Update on Prescribed Fire Near Wawona

March 18, 2015 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

The park will continue the second phase of a prescribed fire in the Wawona area, near the South Entrance, Thursday, March 19.

 

Prescribed Fire Scheduled in Yosemite National Park

February 25, 2015 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Yosemite National Park is planning a prescribed fire in the Wawona area, near the South Entrance. The fire is planned for tomorrow, Thursday, February 26, 2015 and will include 533 acres. The first segment of the burn will consist of 60 acres. The completion of the remaining 473 acres will occur throughout the month of March, weather dependent, concluding no later than Monday, March 30, 2015.

 

Yosemite Fire Update #26

October 30, 2014 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

The Dog Rock Fire is 311 acres with 100% contained. The Meadow Fire is at 4,772 acres and 98% contained. Other smaller fires continue to burn and smolder within Yosemite's Wilderness. With rain in the forecast, many of these smaller fires may be put out.

 

Yosemite Fire Update #25

October 15, 2014 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

The Dog Rock Fire is 311 acres with 100% contained. The Meadow Fire is at 4,772 acres and 98% contained. Other smaller fires continue to burn within Yosemite's Wilderness.

 

Yosemite Fire Update #24 - October 13, 2014

October 13, 2014 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

A Type 3 incident management team is now managing the Dog Rock Fire, and will continue to manage the fire until full containment is achieved. They will rehabilitate firelines and return the fire area to as natural condition as possible. The fire is at 311 acres, and with 95 % containment. Firefighters and fire engines will be patrolling Hwy 140, watching for rolling material and hotspots. Travelers should use extreme caution and expect delays when driving through the fire area. Smoke from the interior of the fire may be visible.

 

Dog Rock Fire Update for October 12, 2014 at 8 am

October 12, 2014 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Firefighters have completed debris removal on Hwy 140/El Portal Road to allow both lanes to open this morning. The Highway 140 entrance to the park will re-open today at 8:00 AM this morning. Firefighters and fire engines will be stationed along the highway travelers should use extreme caution and expect delays when driving through the fire area.

 

Dog Rock Fire Update for October 11, 2014 at 8 am

October 11, 2014 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Fire activity has decreased significantly and many of the hand crews and engine crews will be released from the fire over the next two days. Today firefighters will complete mop-up on the north side of the fire. As this work is completed they will begin removing hoses, cleaning up equipment and rehabilitating hand lines to reduce the possibility of erosion. Crews working along El Portal Road will be cleaning up brush and securing any remaining hotspots.

 

Dog Rock Fire Update for October 10, 2014 at 6 pm

October 10, 2014 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Firefighters today nearly completed mop-up along the north and northeast sections of the fire. Helicopters dropped water throughout the day along the steepest portion on the east and west flanks of the fire. Fire crews and park employees continued their efforts along El Portal Road mopping up hotspots and cleaning the highway of debris.

 

Dog Rock Fire Update for October 10, 2014 at 8 am

October 10, 2014 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Fire activity has decreased significantly and less smoke will be visible today. Firefighters will continue to mop-up the fire's northern edge. Over 7,000 feet of hose has been deployed in that area to assist crews with this work.

 

Dog Rock Fire Update for October 9, 2014 at 6 pm

October 09, 2014 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Due to the excellent progress firefighters have made the evacuation of Foresta was lifted this afternoon. Control lines and hoselays along the north end of the fire are complete. Crews will work to mop-up that area of the fire to assure it remains contained.

 

Dog Rock Fire Update for October 9, 2014 at 4 pm

October 09, 2014 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Fire investigators have determined the cause of the Dog Rock Fire. Based on their investigation it is believed that the fire was start by sparks generated by hot metal fragments from a vehicle.

 

Dog Rock Fire Update for October 9, 2014 at 8 am

October 09, 2014 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

California Interagency Incident Management Team 3 assumed command of the fire at 6:00 PM Wednesday. Assuring the safety of all the firefighters and the public remains the priority for all operations. The fire is located along Highway 140 near the Arch Rock entrance to Yosemite National Park east of El Portal. The highway will remained closed until this danger can be eliminated.

 

Dog Rock Fire Update #2

October 08, 2014 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

The Dog Rock Fire, which began October 7, 2014 in afternoon near El Portal, is currently at 246 acres, with 10% containment.

 

Dog Rock Fire Update #1

October 07, 2014 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

The Dog Rock fire began along the El Portal road near Dog Rock around 2:30 pm on Tuesday, 10/7/14. The cause is unknown. Highway 140 will remain closed until further notice due to fire operations and accident investigation. We anticipate this closure to be in place for 24-48 hours.

 

Dog Rock Fire

October 07, 2014 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

The Dog Rock Fire began this afternoon at Dog Rock on the El Portal Road between the park boundary and Arch Rock Entrance Station. The fire was reported around 2:45 this afternoon and is approximately 130 acres. Fire crews and aircraft are on scene and responding to the fire.

 

Meadow Fire Safety Closures Update for September 26, 2014

September 26, 2014 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

The trails to Clouds Rest and Merced Lake (from the west) have reopened for day use.

 

Yosemite Fire Update #22

September 24, 2014 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

The Meadow Fire is at 4,772 acres and 98% containment. Smoke is occasionally visible from the interior of the fire perimeter. It is now in a monitoring status. Although air quality has improved, smoke may continue to be visible through the coming days. At the higher elevations smoke from the Lembert and Cathedral fires was also visible due to windy conditions at ridge tops.

 

Meadow Fire Safety Closures Update for September 18, 2014

September 18, 2014 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Updated trail and area closure information

 

Yosemite Fire Update #21 - September 18, 2014

September 18, 2014 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

The Meadow Fire is being managed with a Type 3 organization and two wildland fire modules. The crews are spiked out near the fire perimeter. The fire is at 4, 772 acres. Air quality has improved, however smoke may continue to be visible through the coming days. At the higher elevations smoke from the Lembert and Cathedral fires was also visible due to windy conditions at ridge tops.

 

Yosemite Fire Update - September 17, 2014

September 17, 2014 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

A new fire, Double Rock, was found September 16. It is approximately 7 miles east of White Wolf and near the source of Morrison Creek. The Lembert and Cathedral fires in the Tuolumne Meadows area have become more active due to windy conditions at ridge tops and near the Sierra Nevada crest. The Meadow Fire has been converted to a smaller Type 3 organization and will be monitored by wilderness fire modules.

 

Meadow Fire Update #8

September 16, 2014 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

This will be the last update produced by the South Central Sierra Interagency Incident Management Team that has been managing the fire. Monday night's infrared flight indicated numerous isolated heat sources within the fires perimeter. Crews will continue to patrol and mop up hot spots near containment lines. Air quality continues to increase as fuels are consumed.Acres Burned: 4,772; Containment: 80%; Estimated containment: 9/21/14

 

Meadow Fire Safety Closures Update

September 16, 2014 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Containment of the Meadow Fire continues to grow allowing some areas to be re-opened. However, the fire is still active and fire crews are working in the area. In order to maintain the safety of park visitors and allow fire management operations to continue unimpeded, the Superintendent of Yosemite National Park is designating a portion of Yosemite Wilderness as closed. This update reflects the reopening of Little Yosemite Valley Campground.

 

Meadow Fire Update #7

September 15, 2014 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

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. Acres burned: 4,772; Containment: 80%; Estimated containment: 9/21/14

 

Meadow Fire Update #6

September 14, 2014 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Last night’s infrared flight revealed there are a few isolated heat sources along the fires perimeter with most of the heat dispersed through the fires interior. Areas of intense heat seem to concentrate in three main areas. These areas are north end of the fire and two areas in the southeast. The west flank of the fire continues to cool. There are still isolated heat sources scattered throughout the fire. Acres Burned: 4,761; Containment: 50%

 

Meadow Fire Update #5

September 13, 2014 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

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.

 

Meadow Fire Update #4

September 12, 2014 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Acres burned: 4 ,933, containment: 50%, estimated containment: 9/21/14

 

Meadow Fire Update #3

September 11, 2014 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

4,906 acres burned with 23% containment

 

Half Dome Cables in Yosemite National Park to Open Saturday, September 13, 2014

September 11, 2014 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Meadow Fire at 4,906 acres, 23% contained. The Half Dome Cables in Yosemite National Park will reopen to the public on Saturday, September 13, 2014. The cables have been closed since Sunday night, September 7, due to a wildfire. The Meadow Fire, located east of Half Dome and near Little Yosemite Valley, is currently at 4,906 acres and is 23% contained.

 

Meadow Fire Update #2

September 10, 2014 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Last night’s infrared flight showed significant heat around the north and southeast areas of the fire. Due today's increased temperatures and low relative humidity, spots outside the current fires perimeter are expected to flare. Fire crews may see individual or group tree torching.

 

Meadow Fire Update #1

September 09, 2014 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

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.

 

Meadow Fire Update and Safety Closures

September 09, 2014 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

The Meadow Fire has progressed rapidly and in multiple directions. In order to maintain the safety of park visitors and allow fire management operations to continue unimpeded, the Superintendent of Yosemite National Park is designating a portion of Yosemite Wilderness as closed. The area will be closed until further notice is given.

 

Yosemite Fires Update #19

September 08, 2014 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Meadow (37 42.738 x 119 30.541 – Mariposa Co., 7,870’, August 16) A fire, that may be a spot fire, from the Meadow lightning-caused fire, was discovered at approximately 12:30 PM, Sunday September 7. The fire is approximately 2,582 acres. It is burning within the Little Yosemite Valley (LYV) on both sides of the Merced River. All trails in the area are closed. Approximately 100 hikers and backpackers were evacuated from the fire area in LYV. The fire is burning in Yosemite Wilderness. The High Sierra Camps were seasonally closed today.

 

Meadow Fire

September 07, 2014 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

The Meadow Fire is burning in the greater Little Yosemite Valley area and is at 400 acres.

 

Yosemite Fire Update September 4, 2014 Update #17

September 04, 2014 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Active Fires being managed for multiple objectives: Meadow (37 42.738 x 119 30.541 – Mariposa Co., 7,870’, August 16) This is a remote, hold-over lightning caused fire. Yosemite Fire Module 1 hiked into the fire area September 3. They are mapping, taking weather and monitoring the fire behavior. The fire is approximately 19 acres in size, with sixty percent of the perimeter active. It is creeping through red fir and lodgepole pine, and is surrounded by granite knobs. It is northeast of Mount Starr King and south of Starr King Meadow. Smoke from the fire is visible from many park locations, and in particular, Glacier Point area and in Yosemite Valley during the morning hours. Smoke is likely to continue to be visible until the park receives precipitation.

 

Yosemite Fire Update August 27, 2014 Update #16

August 28, 2014 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Active Fires being managed for multiple objectives: Cathedral (37 51.843 x 119 23.720 – Tuolumne Co., 9,140’, July 16) This fire is now at 4 acres and continues to be active. It is west of Cathedral Peak. Smoke is visible from many Tuolumne Meadows locations.

 

Wawona Road Mechanical Thinning

August 26, 2014 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Yosemite Fire Crews will begin a hazardous fuels reduction project along the east side of the Wawona Road south of the Wawona Golf Course. It will proceed to the south entrance of Yosemite National Park.

 

Yosemite Fire Update for August 20, 2014

August 21, 2014 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

The Dark Hole and El Portal Fires are 100% contained though smoke remains visible throughout areas of the park. The Cathedral (2 acres), Starr King (.75 acres), and Lembert (unable to locate, but light smoke is in the area) continue to show fire activity and smoke is visible. These high elevation fires remain small and are smoldering and creeping through surface fuels.

 

Yosemite Fire Update for August 16, 2014

August 18, 2014 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

The Dark Hole Fire is currently 1080 acres and is 75% contained. This lightning caused fire began on July 17, 2014 in designated Wilderness, near the Yosemite Creek Campground. The fire is being suppressed by handline construction using minimum impact suppression tactics and natural barriers of granite ridgelines and rock outcroppings. Smoke has been visible from many locations within Yosemite. Yosemite Creek Campground has re-opened.

 

Yosemite Fire Update for August 12, 2014

August 13, 2014 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

The Dark Hole Fire began on July 17, 2014 in designated Wilderness, near the Yosemite Creek Campground. The fire is being suppressed by handline construction using minimum impact suppression tactics and natural barriers of granite ridgelines and rock out-croppings. The fire is currently 1080 acres and is 70% contained. Smoke has been visible from many locations within Yosemite.

 

Yosemite Fire Update from August 10, 2014

August 11, 2014 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Firefighters have achieved 100% containment of the El Portal Fire and fire managers continue to release resources. The Dark Hole Fire began by a lightning strike on July 17. It is being suppressed by handline construction using minimum impact suppression tactics and natural barriers of granite ridgelines and out-croppings. The fire is currently 862 acres and is 68% contained.

 

Yosemite Fire Update August 8, 2014 Update #11

August 09, 2014 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

El Portal Fire: Firefighters have achieved 100% containment of the El Portal Fire and fire managers continue release resources. Interior smoldering and stump-hole fires will continue over the next few days. They are all within the perimeter and firefighters are now in the mop-up phase. Smoke will continue to be visible. As with any fire incident in Yosemite National Park, firefighter and public safety is our number one priority. We appreciate everyone’s assistance with this priority.

 

Yosemite Fire Update for August 6, 2014 at 8am

August 06, 2014 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Firefighters have achieved 100% containment of the El Portal Fire. Interior smoldering and stump-hole fires will continue over the next few days. The Dark Hole Fire, ignited by lightning, is in designated Wilderness, near the Yosemite Creek Campground. The fire is now being suppressed. Minimal fire activity is occurring. Minimal smoke production was observed.

 

El Portal Fire Update for August 5, 2014 at 8 am

August 05, 2014 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

A transfer of command took place today at 0600, on both the El Portal and Dark Hole Fires. Both fires are now being managed by Type 3 organizations.

 

Yosemite Fire Update for August 4, 2014 at 7:00am

August 04, 2014 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

While the El Portal Fire continues to burn on the interior, the rest of the fire is creeping and smoldering. The fire is currently 4,689 acres and is 96% contained. This will likely be the last update related to the El Portal Fire.

 

El Portal Fire Information Update August 3, 2014, 8:00AM

August 03, 2014 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Last night crews made significant progress on the El Portal Fire. Crews continue to mop up and secure the perimeter to ensure that embers from the fire’s interior do not escape the containment line. They also continue to implement Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) tactics in impacted areas by installing waterbars, repairing dozer lines, and reseeding with native grasses to reduce the potential of further damage from erosion. Monsoonal weather that is predicted to move into the area will bring lower temperatures and higher humidity, which is expected to decrease fire activity.

 

Yosemite Fire Update August 2, 2014 as of 7:00AM

August 02, 2014 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

The El Portal Fire remains active in steep and remote terrain requiring dependence on TYPE 1 hand crews. As with any incident in Yosemite National Park, firefighter and public safety is our number one priority. We appreciate everyone’s assistance with this priority.

 

Yosemite Fire Update August 1, 2014 as of 7:00 AM

August 01, 2014 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

The El Portal Fire remains active in extremely steep and remote terrain requiring heavy dependence on TYPE 1 hand crews and aviation assets. As with any incident in Yosemite National Park, firefighter and public safety is our number one priority. We appreciate everyone’s assistance with this priority.

 

Yosemite Fire Update July 31, 2014 as of 8:00AM

July 31, 2014 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Yesterday the fire made a one-half to three-quarter mile run in the Crane Creek area. Two small spots were detected in front of the head of the fire. Both spots are contained, allowing Highway 120 to reopen. The fire was active last night on the northwest side, consuming ground fuels and torching isolated single trees.

 

Yosemite Fire Update July 31, 2014 as of 7:00AM

July 31, 2014 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

The El Portal Fire remains very active in extremely steep and remote terrain requiring heavy dependence on TYPE 1 hand crews and aviation assets. As with any incident in Yosemite National Park, firefighter and public safety is our number one priority. We appreciate everyone’s assistance with this priority.

 

El Portal Fire Update for July 30, 2014 at 8 pm

July 30, 2014 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

The Big Oak Flat Road has reopened.

 

El Portal Fire Update for July 30, 2014 at 3:30pm (Road Information)

July 30, 2014 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

NEW Road Information: Big Oak Flat Road is now OPEN from Crane Flat to the junction of Highway 140.

 

El Portal Fire Update for July 30, 2014 at 2:00pm

July 30, 2014 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

New road information: The Big Oak Flat Road is closed between Big Oak Flat Entrance Gate to the junction of Highway 140. This is a hard closure until further notice for the public, employees and residents. Tioga Road is open to Crane Flat.

 

El Portal Fire Update for July 30, 2014 at 8am

July 30, 2014 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

The El Portal Fire remains very active in extremely steep and remote terrain requiring heavy dependence on TYPE 1 hand crews and aviation assets. As with any incident in Yosemite National Park, firefighter and public safety is our number one priority. We appreciate everyone’s assistance with this priority. The fire is currently 3,545 acres and 34% contained.

 

El Portal Fire Update for July 29, 2014 at 10 am

July 29, 2014 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Last evening on the El Portal fire the night shift reported active fire until approximately 1:30 A.M. after which conditions settled down. Today’s areas of concern are concentrated on the northern portion of the fire as the fireline bumps into the burn perimeter of the 2009 Big Meadow Fire. Fire crews and aviation assets will continue to combat the fire which is seated in very steep, remote terrain. Vegetation in this area and throughout the state remains in critical, historic drought conditions.

 

El Portal Fire Update #3

July 29, 2014 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

As you may know, a public briefing was held last night, with over 100 attendees in the town of El Portal. This fire remains very active and there has been incredible firefighting work done to protect employees, residents and park resources. The fire team made significant progress on the fire over the last several days. As with any incident in Yosemite National Park, firefighter and public safety is our number one priority. We appreciate everyone’s assistance with this priority.

 

El Portal Fire Update #2

July 28, 2014 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

We are experiencing a wildland fire that started Saturday in the Old El Portal region. This fire has been fast moving and there has been incredible firefighting work done to protect employees, residents and park resources. The fire team made significant progress on the fire yesterday. Fire information call center: 209/372-0327 or 209/372-0328.

 

El Portal Fire Update #1

July 27, 2014 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

The Fire began in the community of El Portal at approximately 3:15 pm on July 26.

 

Yosemite July Lightning Fire Update #1

July 24, 2014 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Since July 14, Yosemite National Park has experienced over 3,000 lightning strikes with more than 21 fire starts. Multiple thunderstorms, accompanied by rain, have put out or temporarily slowed activity and growth. Most fires are between 8000’ and 9000’ elevation. They are small, creeping and smoldering surface fires or single logs less than 1/10 of an acre and are showing minimal activity.

 

Additional lightning caused fires in Yosemite

July 21, 2014 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Since last Friday, July 17, there have been numerous new fire starts due to continued thunderstorms.

 

Lightning caused fires in Yosemite

July 18, 2014 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Thunderstorms have continued over the Sierra Nevada crest in the afternoon hours and have caused lightning fires in Yosemite Wilderness.

 

New Lightning-Caused Fires in Yosemite

July 17, 2014 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

The afternoon thunderstorms in recent days have started eight confirmed fires.

 

Mosquito Fire - Wawona Road

June 20, 2014 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

A roadside fire was reported by visitors yesterday at approximately 12:30 PM.

 

Yosemite Fire (Update #2)

June 16, 2014 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Fireplace (37 44.068 x 119 40.949; El. 7,000’; Mariposa Co.) The Fireplace Fire was declared contained Sunday June 15 to 3.6 acres, a revision of the estimated 5 acres first reported. The fire was reported by Signal Peak Lookout at 06:30, AM June 14. The fire is in the area of Fireplace Bluffs, on the north rim of the Valley, and west of El Capitan. It is between the trail to El Capitan from Tamarack Flat campground and the Tioga Road, The fire is directly across from Tunnel View.

 

Yosemite Fire (Update #1)

June 16, 2014 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Fireplace (37 44.068 x 119 40.949; El. 7,000’; Mariposa Co.) The Fireplace Fire was reported by Signal Peak Lookout at 06:30 AM today. The fire is in the area of Fireplace Bluffs, on the north rim of the Valley, and west of El Capitan. It is between two trails; the Old Coulterville Road, and the trail to El Capitan from Tamarack Flat campground. The fire is directly across from Tunnel View.

 

Bishop Creek Prescribed Fire Canceled

May 08, 2014 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

The proposed 1,447 acre Bishop Creek Prescribed Fire has been canceled for the spring. It was necessary to cancel the project due to deteriorating air quality conditions and the time needed to complete this project before the Memorial Day holiday week. The primary objective of the prescribed fire was to reduce hazardous vegetation adjacent to the wildand interface community of Yosemite West.

 

Bishop Creek Prescribed Fire Update #2

April 23, 2014 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Yosemite National Park Fire Managers have rescheduled a prescribed fire in the Bishop Creek area for early May. The prescribed fire, originally scheduled for the end of April, is postponed because of forecasted rain in the area. Yosemite is expecting up to one inch of rain throughout the park. Ignition of the prescribed fire is dependent on weather and moisture levels.

 

Bishop Creek Prescribed Fire

April 16, 2014 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Yosemite National Park is planning a 1,447 acre prescribed fire in the southwestern portion of the park near Yosemite West. The burn is projected to start the week of April 28, depending upon weather conditions. Ignition will take approximately five days with active burning, and about two weeks to monitor burn down activity. The Wawona Road will remain open during the burn, however, traffic control may be instituted if conditions require. Firefighters, fire equipment, smoke and debris may be present on the roadway.

 

Yosemite Fire Update #1 (2014)

March 20, 2014 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Yosemite National Park is planning a prescribed fire in the Hetch Hetchy area, near O’Shaughnessy Dam. Ignition and active burning will take place on Monday March 24th around 8:00 A.M. Firefighters plan to burn a total of 57 acres over a two-day period.

 

Rim Fire

August 22, 2013 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Where to get updates on the Rim Fire, burning west of Yosemite National Park

 

Yosemite Fire Update for July 18, 2013 (#7)

July 18, 2013 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

This lightning caused fire continues to moderate in activity and remains at approximately 165 acres. This fire began May 21, when a single tree was struck by lightning. The fire is west of the Eagle Peak Meadow and Creek, a tributary of Yosemite Creek, and is north of Eagle Peak, on the north rim of Yosemite Valley. It is burning through a predominately red fir forest.

 

Yosemite Fires (Update #6)

July 03, 2013 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

The Forbidden Fire, a lightning caused fire, is approximately 165 acres. A single tree was struck by lightning on May 21, 2013. The fire is west of the Eagle Peak Meadow and Creek, a tributary of Yosemite Creek, and is north of Eagle Peak, on the north rim of Yosemite Valley. It is burning through a predominately red fir forest.

 

Forbidden Fire Update (6/25/13)

June 25, 2013 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Forbidden Fire: As of June 23, this lightning caused fire is approximately 105 acres. A single tree was struck by lightning on May 21, 2013. The fire is west of the Eagle Peak Meadow and Creek, a tributary of Yosemite Creek, and is north of Eagle Peak, on the north rim of Yosemite Valley. It is burning through a predominately red fir forest.

 

Carstens Fire Update

June 19, 2013 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

There is a combination of hand and dozer line around the north end of the fire; firefighters are improving the line while mop-up actions continue. The fire area continues to generate interior heat and areas of smoke. On the southwest side of the fire, the fire continues to back downslope toward the constructed dozer lines burning pockets of green fuel between the fire line and the fire. This is favorable for containment goals.

 

Forbidden Fire Update

June 11, 2013 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

This lightning caused fire is approximately 32 acres. A single tree was struck by lightning on May 21, 2013. The fire is west of the Eagle Peak Meadow and Creek, a tributary of Yosemite Creek, and is north of Eagle Peak, on the north rim of Yosemite Valley. It is smoldering through surface fuels and duff in a red fir forest. Parts of the fire have been observed with 6-12 inch flame lengths, and there have been some torching of trees.

 

Prescribed Fire Upcoming in Yosemite National Park

June 06, 2013 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Yosemite National Park Fire Managers are planning a prescribed fire in Yosemite Valley in the Taft Toe Area. The burn will start on, or around, June 18, 2013, and is dependent on weather conditions.

 

New Yosemite Fire (Forbidden Fire)

June 04, 2013 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

The fire is west of the Eagle Peak Meadow and Creek, a tributary of Yosemite Creek, and north of Eagle Peak, on the north rim of Yosemite Valley. The fire is approximately at five acres, and smoldering through surface fuels and duff in a red fir forest.

 

New Yosemite Fire (Rainbow Fire)

May 10, 2013 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

The Rainbow View fire discovered on May 10.

 

Wawona Northwest Prescribed Fire Update for April 25, 2013

April 25, 2013 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Fire crews are continuing mop-up operations along the fire perimeter. Areas with more moisture, deep needles, and large logs produce more smoke for longer.

 

Wawona Northwest Prescribed Fire Update

April 23, 2013 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Yosemite National Park firefighters conducted two days of ignition operations and completed the 150 acre Wawona Northwest Segment B Prescribed Fire Monday evening, April 22. Firefighters have begun mop-up activities to secure the fire perimeter. Those actions may include burning out of interior islands and pockets of unburned fuel that could flare up and threaten existing fire perimeter lines. Active burn down will last 1 – 2 weeks. Community members and visitors will continue to observe crews from various federal and state agencies conducting mop-up operations.

 

Wawona Northwest Prescribed Fire

April 21, 2013 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Yosemite National Park fire managers began burning the 150 acre Wawona Northwest Segment B Prescribed Fire on April 21, 2013. A test burn was started and conditions were favorable to continue the prescribed fire project. Ignition will take 2 – 4 days and active burn down will last 1 – 2 weeks.

 

Wawona Prescribed Fire Postponed in Yosemite National Park

April 12, 2013 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Yosemite National Park Fire Managers have rescheduled a prescribed burn in the Wawona area for Monday, April 15, 2013. The burn, originally scheduled for the beginning of April, was postponed because of wet conditions. Ignition of the burn is dependent on weather and moisture levels.

 

Prescribed Fire Near Wawona Postponed Another Week

April 08, 2013 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Due to continued rain and snow, the Wawona Northwest Prescribed Fire in Yosemite National Park has been postponed for another week. It is now scheduled to begin on Tuesday, April 16, but the date could change again if the forecasted drying trend is delayed.

 

Wawona Northwest Prescribed Fire Postponed

April 02, 2013 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Due to recent rainfall, the Wawona Northwest Prescribed Fire in Yosemite National Park has been rescheduled and will now tentatively begin next week on Tuesday, April 9.

 

Wawona Northwest Prescribed Fire Scheduled for Early April

March 20, 2013 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Yosemite National Park fire managers are tentatively planning to begin burning the 150 acre Wawona Northwest Segment B Prescribed Fire on April 4, 2013. However, this date may change due to weather conditions. Ignition will take 2 – 4 days and active burn down will last 1 – 2 weeks.

 

Pile Burning

November 27, 2012 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Pending the predicted rain and possible snow storms on Wednesday, November 28, fire managers will resume pile burning within the communities of El Portal and Foresta. The storms will provide an opportunity to burn piles built this year by Yosemite and CAL Fire crews. The planned burning are a part of ongoing projects aimed at community fire protection and defensible space.

 

Yosemite Fires (Update #12)

October 26, 2012 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

The Cascade Fire is at 1705 acres, based on a reconnaissance flight by Helicopter 551 on October 17, 2012. Although the fire area received rain and snow during the early part of this week (October 22), the fire has not been declared out.

 

Hetch Hetchy and Foresta area Mechanical Thinning Hazardous Fuels Reduction Projects

October 16, 2012 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Yosemite Fire Crew 6 and 7 will begin mechanical thinning project work in Hetch Hetchy and Foresta areas. They are cutting, piling and mechanically thinning dense vegetation including shade tolerant conifers such as incense cedar, white fir and ponderosa pine. They are also clearing accumulated dead biomass on the forest floor like sticks and logs.

 

Yosemite Fires (Update #11)

October 03, 2012 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

The Cascade fire continues to show low to moderate fire activity. After recent ground and helicopter observations, the fire is at approximately 1,683acres.

 

Yosemite Fires (Update #10)

September 23, 2012 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

The Cascade Fire continues to show low to moderate fire activity. After recent ground and helicopter observations, the fire is at 1350 acres.

 

Yosemite Fire (Update #9)

September 12, 2012 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Cascade: (37 46.173 x 119 40.519; 7800’El., Mariposa Co., 6.15.12) The fire continues to show low to moderate fire activity. After recent ground observations, the fire is at 1210 acres.

 

Yosemite Fires (Update #8)

September 06, 2012 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Cascade: (37 46.173 x 119 40.519; 7800’El., Mariposa Co., 6.15.12) The fire continues to show low to moderate fire activity. After recent ground observations, the fire is at 1113 acres. Approximately 30 to 40 percent of the perimeter is active on the west flank. Most of the fire is creeping and smoldering in light brush and compact needle cast from the red fir forest. The fire will continue to be monitored. Air quality has remained in the good range.

 

Yosemite Fires (Update #7)

August 28, 2012 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Cascade: (37 46.173 x 119 40.519; 7800’El., Mariposa Co., 6.15.12) The fire continues to show low to moderate fire activity. After recent ground observations, the fire is at 780 acres. The most active part of the perimeter were on the north and northwest flanks. Most of the fire is creeping and smoldering in light brush and compact needle cast from the red fir forest.

 

Yosemite Fires (Update #7)

August 28, 2012 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

The fire continues to show low to moderate fire activity. After recent ground observations, the fire is at 780 acres. All other listed lightning ignited fires are in patrol status.

 

Yosemite Fires (Update #6)

August 23, 2012 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

The Cascade Fire continues to show low fire activity, slow spread, and light smoke production.

 

Yosemite Fires (Update #5)

August 18, 2012 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Over the course of the past week, Yosemite experienced thunderstorms, with some park locations receiving measurable, sub- tropical moisture with the monsoonal air flow. The park helicopter will continue reconnaissance flights and all new fires found will be put out. Learn more about all new fires found following these thunderstorms.

 

Yosemite Fires (Update #4)

August 10, 2012 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

The Cascade Fire is now at 518 acres. Fifty percent of the fire perimeter is active, primarily in the northwest portion of the fire, through broken terrain of granite. Of the 518 acres, a good portion is rock and decomposed granite, wet meadows, and ponds.

 

Yosemite Fires (Update #3)

August 03, 2012 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Cascade Fire: This lightning caused fire has been slowly burning since June 16, in Yosemite’s high elevation Wilderness. The fire has grown to 182 acres.

 

Yosemite Fires (Update #2)

July 26, 2012 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Cascade Fire: This lightning caused fire has been slowly burning since June 16, in Yosemite’s high elevation Wilderness. It started during an afternoon thunderstorm on June 15th. The fire has grown to 109 acres. It is burning in a short needle red fir forest between two upper forks of the Cascade Creek. The fire has slowly smoldered through sparse surface fuels of duff, forest litter and occasionally creating enough heat to ignite brush.

 

Hodgdon Meadow Prescribed Burn - Update

July 10, 2012 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Firefighters completed the 234 acre Hodgdon Meadow prescribed fire at 11:30 am on Thursday, June 21. The prescribed fire remains in patrol status, with fire crews continuing to lightly mop-up along the fire perimeter of the 234 acre project.

 

Yosemite Fires (Update #1)

July 12, 2012 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Cascade Fire: This lightning caused fire has been slowly burning since June 16, in Yosemite’s high elevation Wilderness. It started during an afternoon thunderstorm on June 15th. The fire is at approximately 33 acres, and is burning in short needle red fir forest between two upper forks of the Cascade Creek.

 

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