Last updated: August 23, 2012
Cascade: (37 46.173 x 119 40.519; 7800'El., Mariposa Co., 6.15.12) The fire continues to show low fire activity, slow spread and light smoke production. After recent ground observations, the fire was recalculated to 633 acres. Three firefighters are assigned and the fire will continue to be monitored through the foreseeable future. The fire is most active to the north and southeast. Most of the fire is creeping and smoldering in a red fir forest and through stingers of fuel in open areas of granite. Firefighters took actions to install a light handline between granite ridges to limit fire spread to the south and southwest. The line will also hold the fire from moving into denser fields of brush and tree stands, help limit smoke production, and keep the fire off trails and the Valley rim. Air quality has remained in the good range. The park's webcam, located at Crane Flat Helibase, captures fire images, which can be viewed at: https://ssgic.cr.usgs.gov/dashboards/WebCam.htm?
Ostrander: (37 37.801 x 119 34.420, 7,800' El. Mariposa Co., 8.17.12).
This fire is in patrol status and was held to less than .10 acre. This fire was discovered by reconnaissance flight and is north/northwest of Ostrander Lake in designated Wilderness.
Turner: (37 35.733 x 119 35.741, 7,800' El. Mariposa Co., 8.17.12). The fire is contained and in patrol status. It was held to 2 acres. The fire was reported by Signal Peak Fire Lookout, as smoke at the top of Turner Ridge, between Deer Camp and Chilnualna Falls.
Cold: (37 55.038 x 119 24.949; 8,200' El., Tuolumne Co., 8.14.12). This fire was found by a hiker near the Glen Aulin trail in Tuolumne Meadows. A single tree was struck. Although in designated wilderness, this fire was put out and is in patrol status.
Coyote: (37 49.288 x 119 33.266, 8,500' El., Mariposa Co., 8.13.12). This fire area, in Wilderness, has experienced numerous lightning fires. A single tree was struck, resulting in a small, .10 acre, surface fire. Firefighters put this fire out and it is in patrol status.
Grizzly: (37 43.731 x 119 32.643; 5,500' El., Mariposa Co. 8.12.12). This fire was found by hikers and backcountry rangers. The fire was near the top of Vernal Fall and was visible to visitors at Washburn Point and hikers. Firefighters, with the assistance of the park helicopter bucket drops of water, put this fire out. It will be patrolled.
Firefighter and public safety are always the primary importance and consideration with all fires.