Railroad Fire September 1, 2017

September 01, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information
Date: September 1, 2017
Location: Sierra National Forest, Highway 41 between the communities of Sugar Pine and Fish Camp.
Acres Burned: 2,971
Structures Threatened: 100
Containment: 0%
Structures Destroyed: 7
Fire Started: August 29, 2017
Injuries: 0
Cause: Under investigation
Total personnel assigned to the fire: 437

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.

Yesterday’s unstable atmosphere continued to contribute to large vertical plume development in the afternoon. Temperatures will continue to be above normal with low relative humidity levels dominating the area. Extreme heat is expected to stay in the area through the weekend.
A community meeting was held last night in Oakhurst and was attended by about 300 people.


Highway 41 is closed in both directions from south of Wawona to Cedar Valley Drive. Yosemite visitors should use Highway 49 to Highway 140 or 120 for entrance to the National Park. The Summerdale, Big Sandy, and Nedler Grove Campgrounds on the Sierra National Forest are closed. Roads west of Sky Ranch Road on the National Forest are closed.

Communities in the Sky Ranch Road area are under an advisory evacuation. This is an increased level of awareness for the area. If residents are not comfortable staying in their homes, they are advised to leave.

Resources assigned to the fire include 9 crews, 4 helicopters, 30 engines, 7 dozers, 12 water tenders.

South Central Sierra Interagency Incident Management Team
Fire Information: (559) 373-0040
Follow this incident on Twitter @sierraforest
For additional information visit: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5553/
Railroad Fire September 1 2017

Last updated: September 1, 2017

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