Yosemite Fire Update for June 12, 2015

June 12, 2015 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Active Fires being monitored for multiple objectives: The current fires were started during the recent thunderstorms over the Sierra Nevada and Yosemite since early June. Precipitation associated with the recent lightning caused fires has put some out. The national weather service is predicting continued thunderstorm activity through the weekend at the Sierra crest. All the fires are being monitored by Yosemite National Park firefighters.

Boundary (37 45.778 x 119 40.502 – Mariposa Co., 8,000 ft, June 6). This fire is near Boundary Peak. A single red fir was struck by lightning.  It is surrounded by granite and has low potential for growth.  
South Fork (37 47.965 x 119 40.5028, - Mariposa Co., 8,100 ft, June 6). This fire is approximately one half mile from Cascade Creek. A single red fir tree was struck but in an area of huckleberry brush and needle litter. This fire is on a northeast aspect and has low to moderate potential for growth. This fire has been visible occasionally from Crane Flat Helibase.

Yosemite Creek (37 50.310 x 119 21.813 – Mariposa Co., 8,020 ft, June 7).  This fire is near the footprint of the 2014 lightning caused Dark Hole Fire and Yosemite Campground Road.  The fire is in red fir and huckleberry brush.  It is surrounded by broken granite.  Observed fire activity is low and smoldering in one down log.

Wheel (37 55.430 x 119 27.873 – Tuolumne Co., 7,412 ft, June 8).  This fire is near Glen Aulin High Sierra Camp and Waterwheel Falls.  It is in a red fire, lodge pole and Jeffrey pine forest.  It is on the south side of the Tuolumne River.  Brush and ground forest litter was observed to be smoldering.  It has low potential for growth.

Recent lightning caused fires that are out.

Parsons (37 52.782 x 119 21.813 – Tuolumne Co., 8,500 ft, June 4). 
This fire was within the Tuolumne Meadows area, and east of Parsons Memorial Lodge.  A single lodgepole pine tree was struck at the top.  The fire was declared out June 12.

South Landing (37 44.698 x 119 48.329 – Mariposa Co., 6,294’, June 7) this fire was a single ponderosa pine strike. This low elevation fire was put out.

Smoke from these fires may be visible from many locations within the park.  Thunderstorm activity is predicted through the coming week and other fires may occur or be found.

Recent human caused fires.
•    May Lake parking area was an out of bounds campfire and was put out.  
•    The Wood yard (Yosemite Valley) were out of bounds camp fire and was put out.  

All visitors are urged to use established campgrounds for fires.  In all campfires, when departing,  please be sure all fires are out.


Map showing fires described in text above

Last updated: June 12, 2015

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