Yosemite Fire Update #5 - Lakes Fire and Ahwahnee Meadow Prescribed Burn

September 11, 2016 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

LAKES – 37 35.6 x 119 33.6 approximate 8000 feet elevation

Mariposa County

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.  An aerial flight was performed on September 10, 2016 and the fire was reported to be 755 acres in size.  The fire had previously spread to the area of the 1999 Chil Fire area and is most active on the northwest and west edge of the perimeter.  Smoke has been visible from various locations within the park and surrounding area.

Yosemite National Park Superintendent, Don Neubacher, 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.

 

AHWAHNEE MEADOW – Prescribed Burn

Mariposa County

Yosemite National Park fire managers are planning a 62 acre Ahwahnee Meadow prescribed burn the week of September 12, 2016.  Ignition will take approximately one day and an additional two to four days of active burn down.

Smoke will be present during the prescribed fire and in Yosemite Valley.  Fire managers are working with the Mariposa County Air Pollution Control District (MCAPCD) to time the project to coincide with favorable weather and smoke dispersion conditions. Smoke, affecting health, is always a consideration in the decision to schedule prescribed fires.  A burn permit has been issued to Yosemite National Park by MCAPCD.  Community members who are sensitive to smoke may want to close their windows and doors and/or consider leaving the area during active ignition of the project in order to reduce their exposure.


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  1. September 19, 2016 at 12:52
     

    @Jenny, We've been getting a lot of smoke from the Soberanes Fire near Big Sur for much of the summer. The Lakes Fire, north of Wawona, could also be sending some smoke your way (although, it's mostly blowing north). I wouldn't expect much improvement until California gets some rain.

     
  2. September 18, 2016 at 04:23
     

    Why is oakhurst so smokey? It has been this way for at least two months if not longer. When can we expect clear, smoke free air?

     
  3. September 18, 2016 at 04:23
     

    Why is oakhurst so smokey? It has been this way for at least two months if not longer. When can we expect clear, smoke free air?

     
 
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