South Fork Fire Update #14 August 27th, 2017

August 27, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information
Start date: 8/13/17 2:30 p.m.

Size: 4,430 acres                                                                  Containment: 44%
Cause: Unknown                                                                  Incident Personnel: 108
Fuels: Mixed conifer, oak and brush                                  Helicopters: 2
 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.
 The fire has burned into the fire-adapted wilderness. Allowing fires to burn naturally can result in healthier, more diverse ecosystems. Reducing fuel buildup minimizes the potential for future severe fires.
 The following trail and area closures are in place until further notice:
·         The Swinging Bridge Trail on both the north and south sides of the South Fork of the Merced River.
·         The Chilnualna Falls Trail from Wawona Trailhead to the top of Chilnualna Falls.
·         The two mile connecting trail heading north from the top of Chilnualna Falls to the intersection of the Buena Vista Trail.
·         The Chilnualna Creek Trail from the top of Chilnualna Falls east to the intersection of the Buena Vista and Buck Camp trails (Just east of Johnson Lake).
·         Off-trail areas in the vicinity of the South Fork Fire Area, including the swimming holes north of Chilnualna Creek.
·          All climbing routes on and around Wawona Dome are closed.
 Smoke and poor air quality continue to be an issue in the park.  A warmer and dryer weather system will persist through Tuesday. All roads within the park remain open to travel.
 Fire Managers are working with the local Air Quality Districts and will be monitoring smoke impacts to the park and local communities. Community members who are sensitive to smoke may want to close their windows and doors and monitor the air quality here.


Last updated: August 27, 2017

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