Last updated: September 9, 2016
LAKES – 37 35.6 x 119 33.6 approximate 8000 feet elevation
The Lakes Fire in the Chilnualna Lakes area, between Turner Meadow and Buena Vista Peak, is a lightning caused fire that is being managed for multiple objectives. Yosemite Crew 1 personnel hiked into the fire on September 6, 2016 and reported it to be 280 acres. The fire had previously spread to the area of the 1999 Chil Fire area and is now most active on the northwest and west edge of the perimeter. Smoke is visible from various locations within the park and surrounding area.
The Superintendent signed a trail closure effective August 25, 2016, as the fire had crossed the trail along Chilnualna Creek. Please reference the trail segment marked on the accompanying map.
The Lakes Fire was initially confirmed on July 7, 2016 when Crew 1 personnel responded to reports of smoke in the area. The fire is believed to be a lightning hold over from June 12, 2016.
Lightning fires are a natural occurrence and play a vital role in shaping this fire dependent ecosystem. Each year, lightning strikes may result in multiple fires in Yosemite’s wilderness. By managing these fires for resource benefit, as opposed to suppressing them, we can ensure a healthier, more diverse and natural forest where future fires will burn with less intensity.