South Fork Fire Update #11 August 23rd, 2017

August 23, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Start date: 8/13/17 2:30 p.m.
Size: 4,012 acres                                                                  Containment: 22%
Cause: Unknown                                                                  Incident Personnel: 581
Fuels: Mixed conifer, oak and brush
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. Firefighters continue to build direct line on the southeast portion of the fire to check the eastern spread and monitor the fireline north of the river.
Crews will continue to mop up (extinguish hot spots on the fire’s edge) and monitor the perimeter of the fire. Aircraft will assist in securing the line as needed.
A chance of thunderstorms continues through today. Storms are predicted to decrease for the rest of the week as temperatures are expected to rise and humidity decreases.
There are currently 581 personnel assigned to the fire: 14 hand crews, 5 helicopters, 15 engines.
For additional information:

South Central Sierra Interagency Incident Management Team
Fire Information: 209-379-5322
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South Fork Fire 8/23/2017

Last updated: August 23, 2017

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