Last updated: September 10, 2014
All roads are open in Yosemite National Park
Fire Start: July 26, 2014, 5:00 P.M.
Location: Old El Portal and Foresta
Cause: Under investigation
Size: 3900 acres
Percent Contained: 34%
Total Number of Personnel: 1063
Costs to Date: $4,400,000
Incident Commander: Carlton Joseph/California Interagency Incident Management Team 5 (CIIMT5)
Yesterday the fire made a one-half to three-quarter mile run in the Crane Creek area. Two small spots were detected in front of the head of the fire. Both spots are contained, allowing Highway 120 to reopen. The fire was active last night on the northwest side, consuming ground fuels and torching isolated single trees.
There have been three reportable injuries on this incident.
The Dark Hole fire had a wetting rain on it yesterday and has shown little activity.
Todays weather forecast is predicted to be favorable for fire suppression operations due to favorable wind directions and a decreased chance of thunderstorms. Today the area will be drier and warmer than yesterday.
Threats: The community of Foresta remains under a mandatory evacuation order. High voltage transmission lines serving El Portal, Foresta, and Merced Sequoia grove.
Smoke issues on the El Portal Fire
Older adults, children, pregnant women, and people with heart or lung disease, including asthma, are more vulnerable to the adverse health effects of smoke from wildfires. If heavy smoke is present, vulnerable people should take precautions and avoid prolonged or strenuous outdoor activity. The effects of smoke can change quickly, so sensitive or at-risk individuals might consider leaving the area when a long-duration smoky wildfire is forecasted; they should consult their healthcare provider to determine appropriate protective measures to take. For information visit the following website: www.nps.gov/yose/naturescience/aqmonitoring.htm