Last updated: August 4, 2015
Thunderstorms came through the park starting July 1, and remained active through July 11. Yosemite National Park has 9 lightning-caused fires. These kinds of fires can take days or weeks to detect because vegetation has to dry out enough to create smoke or visible flames after the storm passes over. Additional fires may be discovered, as temperatures remain warm and fuels dry out.
Most of these fires are small;single tree strikes that amount to less than a tenth of an acre. These fires are in the wilderness and are being monitored by either fire crews hiking into the fire areas or via air reconnaissance due to location, sparse fuels, and low growth potential. Yosemite and Point Reyes fire crews are monitoring all fires.
Blue Jay (37 47.204 x 119 39.183 –Mariposa County, 8,500 feet elevation, 7/7). There is no smoke showing from this fire.
Dark (37 50.575 x 119 37.153 –Mariposa County, 8,200 feet elevation, 7/ 9). This lightning caused fire is along the Yosemite Creek Campground Rd. Two red fir trees were struck and the surface fuels were ignited. It is at .1 acre and is being monitored.
Morrison (37 54.0 x 119 38.8 –Tuolumne County, 8,100 feet elevation, 7/9). This fire is east of White Wolf and in an area of many past lightning fires. It is .1 acre, with low potential for growth.
Horse (37 37.3 x 119 34.1 –Mariposa County, 8,500 elevation, 7/9). This high elevation fire is one single tree struck and smoking and is east of Ostrander Lake. It is .1 acre, is surrounded by granite and has low potential for growth.
Clark (37 41.0 x 119 29.6 –Mariposa County, 7,500 feet elevation, 7/9). This is west of Clark Peak. A single tree was seen smoking and it is at .1 acre, with low growth potential.
Indian Canyon (37 47.532 x 119 35.148 - Mariposa County at 7,200 feet elevation, 7/ 3). This fire is between the Tioga Rd and the Yosemite Valley. It is .5 acre in size, and is smoldering and creeping, with a low rate of spread. It is an area of few recent fires.
McGurk (37 40.969 x 119 37.232 - Mariposa County at 7,800 feet elevation, July 2). This fire is within the McGurk Meadow, near a trail to Dewey Point from Glacier Point Road. It is at .2 acre and has low potential for spread.
Porcupine Flat (37 48.962 x 119 34.416 - Mariposa County, at 8,000 feet elevation, July 3). The top of a single green red fir tree was struck by lightning. There is no ground fire, but smoke may be seen from the Tioga Road. It has low potential for growth.
White Cascade (37 54.926 x 119 23.780 - Tuolumne County at 9,000 feet elevation, July 3). This is a remote fire near Glen Aulin High Sierra camp and west of Tuolumne Meadows. It poses no threat to trails and has a low spread potential.
View a map of all fires in Yosemite [4.9 MB PDF]
Fires Declared Out
Grove (37 45.968 X 119 48.261 –Mariposa County): This fire has been declared out July 9.
Smokey Jack (37 49.693 x 119 41.189 - Tuolumne County): This fire has been declared out July 9.
Others: Gin and East Gin were put 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. At this time there are no road or trail closures and the park remains open. Smoke is staying local over the fires and has not been observed traveling to any smoke sensitive areas. All visitors are urged to use established campgrounds for fires. In all campfires, when departing, please be sure fires are completely out.
Thank you for your continued interest in Yosemite Fire and Aviation Management.
For More Information
- Fire information: email or call 209/372-0480
- Air Quality – three sites are listed: