Yosemite Fire Update #16, September 8, 2015

September 09, 2015 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information
New Fire:
Tenaya (37 46.091 x 119 34.641 –Mariposa Co., 7200' El. 8/7). This wildfire began on the afternoon of September 7, 2015, and is being suppressed. The fire is very visible from all locations within the park. The fire is estimated to have burned 500 acres. Yosemite fire crews are being augmented by2 hand crews, 5 air tankers, including the VLAT –Very Large Air Tanker, and fire management overhead. Additional resources have been ordered. The fire is located along both sides of the Lehamite Creek Trail from the north rim of the Valley to the Tioga Road. There are no threats to structures and no injuries have occurred. There is no estimated containment and the cause is being investigated. See map below.

Other fires being monitored:
Cathedral (37 51.078 x 119 25.120 –Tuolumne Co., 9400'El., 8/2). This is near the John Muir Trail to Cathedral Lakes.  The perimeter is actively smoldering and creeping through lodgepole pine needles and logs and has good potential to grow until it hits natural barriers.  The fire is 37 acres.  

Middle (37 51.538 x 119 41.194 - Tuolumne Co., 8043'El., 7/27). It is west of White Wolf and south of the Middle Tuolumne River.  It is at 41 acres, and smoke may be visible from Tioga Road. 

Dark (37 50.575 x 119 37.153 –Mariposa Co., 8200' el., 7/ 9). This fire is along the Yosemite Creek Campground Road and smoke from the interior of the fire perimeter is periodically visible. 

White Cascade (37 54.926 x 119 23.780 - Tuolumne Co, at 9000' el., 7/3).  This remote fire is east of Glen Aulin High Sierra camp, east of Conness Creek, and west of Tuolumne Meadows, and is approximately 30 acres. Smoke may be visible in Tuolumne Meadows.

Quartzite (37 43.871 x 119 25.200 - Mariposa Co., 8387' el., 7/27). It is approximately 0.5 miles south of Merced Lake.  It remains inactive.

Stubblefield (38 02.743 x 119 36.625 –Tuolumne Co., 7659' el., 8/3).  This fire is in Stubblefield Canyon and west of the Pacific Crest Trail and at the northeast section of the Park. It is inactive. 

All trails on the north rim of Yosemite Valley south of the Tioga Road and east of Yosemite Creek are closed. Currently no roads are closed within the park.  

All visitors are urged to be diligent in any use of fire, including smoking.  And be sure all fires are out!

As with all fires, staff and visitor safety is of paramount importance.  Each fire, regardless of size, is assessed for the appropriate course of action.

Yosemite continues to experience periodical air quality changes due to regional fires. Numerous large fires are burning along the entire western part of the United States and transport winds are carrying smoke across a large region. This pattern may continue for the next few days. The Rough Fire, south of Yosemite, is now the largest fire burning in California. We urge everyone to consider air quality when planning outdoor activities.

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Last updated: September 9, 2015

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