Yosemite Fire Update - August 11th, 2017

August 11, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information
Empire
Discovered: 8/1/17          LocationN 37° 38.673' x W 119° 37.096' at roughly 7300 feet elevation
Size: 750 acres
Cause: Lightning
Strategy: Monitor
The Empire Fire is in the wilderness and was reported on the night of July 31st. This fire is being managed to meet both protection and resource management objectives as allowed in Yosemite's Fire Management Plan. It is approximately 1 mile south of Bridalveil Creek Campground and between Alder Creek drainage and Bridalveil Creek drainage in red fir. Fire crews are monitoring growth, fire behavior, and smoke dispersion. Fire growth an range from 50-100 acres due to thunderstorm downdrafts. In sheltered areas with no wind fire will creep and smolder through forest understory. By allowing fires to burn naturally under the right conditions, we can ensure a healthier, more diverse and natural forest. Trails are closed from Bridalveil Creek Campground to the first junction with the Ostrander trail. Additionally from Westfall Meadow to the Deer Camp junction, along Alder Creek remains closed.  There are no threats to infrastructure at Bridalveil Campground and the remainder of hiking trails in the area are open at this time. Future closures will be decided based on fire behavior.


Knob 91
Discovered: 8/4/17     Location: Location: N 37° 52.185' x W 119° 35.217', 2 miles North East of Lukens Lake on a ridgetop
Size: Less than one quarter acre
Cause: Lightning
Strategy: Monitor
 
Yosemite Creek
Discovered: 8/3/17      Location: N 37° 50.414' x W 119° 38.088' at roughly 7,970 feet elevation
Size: less than one quarter acre
Cause: Lightning
Strategy: Monitor
 
Blue
Discovered: 8/2/17      Location: In the Blue Jay Creek drainage at roughly 8,715 feet elevation
Size: less than one quarter acre 
Cause: Lightning 
Strategy: Monitor
 
Jay
Discovered: 8/2/17      Location: In the Blue Jay Creek drainage at roughly 8653 feet elevation
Size: less than one quarter acre
Cause: Lightning 
Strategy: Monitor       
 
Porcupine
Discovered: 8/2/17      Location: N 37° 49.336' x W 119° 34.720' at roughly 8154 feet elevation just off Tioga road near Yosemite Creek Campground road
Size: less than one quarter acre
Cause: Lightning                    
Strategy: Monitor       
 
Starr King
Discovered: 8/2/17      Location: N 37° 42.965' x W 119° 29.588' at roughly 7800 feet elevation
Size: less than one quarter acre       
Cause: Lightning        
Strategy: Monitor, no threat to Little Yosemite Valley

Last updated: August 11, 2017

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