South Fork Fire Update #12 August 24th, 2017

August 24, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information
Start date: 8/13/17 2:30 p.m.
Size: 4,188 acres                                                                   Containment: 25%
Cause: Unknown                                                                  Incident Personnel: 422
Fuels: Mixed conifer, oak and brush

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.

Last night’s infrared flight shows significant reduction in heat in the western half of the fire. The fire is still active in the portion of the fire 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. Repair and rehabilitation have begun within the Yosemite Wilderness.

Smoke and poor air quality continue to be an issue in the park. Temperatures are predicted to be near normal and the threat of storms is greatly decreased for the rest of the week. All roads within the park remain open to travel.

This will be the last update prepared by the South Central Sierra Interagency Incident Management Team. The team will transition to a Type 3 organization on Friday at 6:00 am, who will continue to issue updates on the fire. For information about the South Fork Fire after today, call 209-379-1493 or e-mail us.

There are currently 422 personnel assigned to the fire: 8 hand crews, 5 helicopters, 10 engines.

For additional information:

South Central Sierra Interagency Incident Management Team
Fire Information: 209-379-5322
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A map illustrating the South Fork Fire, burning east of the community of Wawona.

Last updated: August 24, 2017

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