Meadow Fire Update #1

September 09, 2014 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Incident Statistics

Acres Burned: 4,400
Containment: 5%
Structures Threatened: 0
Structures Damaged: 0
Injuries: 0
Fire Start Date: July 19, 2014
Fire Cause: Lightning
Total Personnel: 327
Cost to date: $100,000

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Summary

  • The fire is located within the designated wilderness of the Yosemite National Park in Mariposa County and is currently within Little Yosemite Valley between Half Dome and Mount Starr King on both sides of the Merced River.
  • The fire spread significantly due to a wind event which occurred on September 7, 2014.
  • Approximately 100 hikers and backpackers were evacuated from the fire area and an additional 85 hikers and climbers were evacuated by helicopter from the Summit of Half Dome on September 7 due to the rapid spread of the fire. Helicopters from the California Highway Patrol, U.S. Forest Service, Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Park and Cal Fire were utilized to affect the evacuations.
  • Recreation and businesses remain open in the Yosemite National Park except trail areas listed below.

Fire Update

  • Firefighter and public safety remains the highest priority. Fire crews are being sensitive to environmental and cultural resources in and around the fire area.
  • Due to the extremely steep, rugged and inaccessible terrain, some fire crews are being flown into the area by helicopter. Air resources, including eight helicopters are being utilized along the fire-line to slow the forward progress of the fire and to cool down hot spots.
  • Smoke from the Meadows Fire will continue to impact visitors, campers and employees overnight and in the early morning hours in Yosemite Valley.
  • Fires of this magnitude can produce heavy smoke that blows down into Yosemite Valley. Be prepared for smoke in the unhealthy AQI range normally worse in the mornings with some clearing in the afternoon hours.

 

Trail Closures:

By order of the Superintendent of Yosemite National Park and under authority of Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations, Section 1.5(a) and Section (a)(1):

  • Echo Creek Drainage to Little Yosemite Valley
  • Sunrise Creek Drainage to Little Yosemite Valley
  • Merced River Corridor to Merced Lake Ranger Station
  • Sunrise Trail to Clouds Rest from Tenaya Lake

 


The following campground is closed to house firefighters for suppression efforts:
  • Bridalveil Creek Campground

 

Cooperating agencies include

U.S. Forest Service, National Weather Service and California Conservation Corp

 

For More Information:

  • Fire information: gary_wuchner@nps.gov,
  • Fire Information call center:  (209) 372-0327; 372-0328; and, 372-0329.

 

Last updated: September 10, 2014

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 577
Yosemite National Park, CA 95389

Phone:

(209) 372-0200

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