Yosemite Fire Update - September 20, 2018

September 21, 2018 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Stage 2 Fire Restrictions are currently in place inside Yosemite National Park. Please review the details for Stage 2 Fire Restrictions, which will remain in place until further notice.   

Unicorn Fire

  • Discovery Date: 7/28/18     
  • Location: Unicorn Peak Area, in Yosemite's Wilderness
  • Size: 2.6 acres                       
  • Status: Active
  • Strategy: Occasional patrol with very low spread.
  • Comments: Lightning strike start at 9,500 feet in elevation. Smoke may be visible from Tuolumne Meadows.


Rancheria Fire

  • Discovery Date: 9/8/18     
  • Location: North end of Rancheria Mountain, in Yosemite's Wilderness
  • Size: 18.2 acres                       
  • Status: Active
  • Strategy: Early planning phase, planned action to insert crew for detailed assessment.  
  • Comments: Lightning caused. The fire is creeping though dead and down ground fuels in red fir. The spread is mostly north and southwest following vegetation pockets. There are some natural barriers including very green vegetation, rock out cropping's, and changes in vegetation. Smoke production has been very light with some overnight accumulation in the Tuolumne river canyon. Fire crews are on scene assessing fuels and spread potential as well as impacts to trails in the area.


Indian Fire

  • Discovery Date: 9/4/18     
  • Location: Near Porcupine Campground, in Yosemite's Wilderness
  • Size: 10.6 acres                       
  • Status: Active
  • Strategy: Monitor
  • Comments: Lightning caused. Growth continues to be slow to the south and backing down hill and along rocky ridges. Fire behavior is smoldering and creeping in red fir. This fire is surrounded by many natural barriers and rock bands. Fire crews are monitoring daily with easy access off the Tioga road. Smoke may occasional be seen from Porcupine Campground and and view points above Yosemite Creek.


Chain Lakes Fire

  • Discovery Date: 9/9/18     
  • Location: Near Chain Lakes, in Yosemite's Wilderness
  • Size: .10 acre                    
  • Status: Active
  • Strategy: Suppression tactics, crews will continue to mop up and monitor
  • Comments: Human caused.

Additional Information

  • Yosemite Fire and Aviation Facebook: @YosemiteFire
  • Yosemite Fire and Aviation Twitter:@YosemiteFire
  • Fire Informaiton: yose_fire_info@nps.gov
  • For general park information: 209/372-0200

Last updated: September 21, 2018

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