Yosemite Fire Update - August 3rd, 2017

August 03, 2017 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

The thunderstorm activity over Yosemite on August 2, 2017 produced several hundred lightning strikes in the high country, starting numerous fires. Thunderstorms continue to be in the forecast for the remainder of the week which may produce more lightning and subsequently start more fires.
 
Empire FireN 37° 38.673' x W 119° 37.096' at approximately 7300 feet elevation
Size: 147 acres
Cause: Lightning
The Empire Fire is in the wilderness and was reported on the night of July 31st. This fire is being managed for both protection and resource objectives as allowed in Yosemite's Fire Management Plan. It is approximately 1 mile south of the Bridalveil Creek Campground, between Alder Creek and Bridalveil Creek on a north-northeast aspect with an over story of red fir. Current fire behavior is creeping and smoldering in needle duff, burning in heavy dead and down timber, and backing and flanking on the NW and NE sections of the fire.
Fire crews are on scene assessing the fire. There is no immediate threat to the Bridalveil Creek Campground, Alder Creek trail, and Bridalveil Creek trail. Future closures will be decided based on fire behavior.

Star King Fire: N 37° 42.965' x W 119° 29.588' at approximately 7800 feet elevation
Size: less than one quarter acre
Cause: Lightning   
Strategy: Monitor, no threat to Little Yosemite Valley
 
Blue  Fire: In the Blue Jay Creek Drainage at approximately 8800 feet elevation
Size: less than one quarter acre
Cause: Lightning  
Strategy: Monitor
 
Jay  Fire: In the Blue Jay Creek Drainage at approximately 8800 feet elevation
Size: less than one quarter acre
Cause: Lightning  
Strategy: Monitor
 
Porcupine Fire: N 37° 49.336' x W 119° 34.720' at approximately 8050 feet elevation just off of the Tioga Road near Yosemite Creek Campground Road
Size: less than one quarter acre
Cause: Lightning  
 
Indian Canyon Fire: at approximately 7400 feet elevation half a mile from the north Rim Trail
Size: 1/2 acre
Cause: Lightning  
Strategy: Initial attack will be suppression
 
North Dome Canyon Fire: N 37° 45.655' x W 119° 33.571' at approximately 7600 feet elevation off the Indian Ridge Trail below the ridge.
Size: 1/4 acre
Cause: Lightning  
Strategy: Initial attack will be suppression

Map of the park with points of where fires have started.

Last updated: August 3, 2017

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