Fire Management Plan

Community and Infrastructure Protection Strategy: Amending Yosemite‘s Fire Management Plan (2017)

Yosemite National Park is seeking input regarding a proposed amendment to its Fire Management Plan to align it with current federal wildland fire policy (the Guidance for Implementation of Federal Wildland Fire Management Policy, February 2009).

Federal wildland fire policy states that "...the full range of strategic and tactical options is available and considered in response to every wildland fire." This policy change made the park's "suppression" and "fire use" zones obsolete. Thus, the park is proposing to amend its fire management plan to allow fire managers to apply the flexibility provided in current federal guidance. The amendment would implement a Community Protection Strategy around the six wildland urban interface communities as well as other important infrastructure development in and adjacent to Yosemite.
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The 2009 operational "Fire Management Plan" builds on the 2004 document.
Yosemite National Park Fire Management Plan (2004)

The Yosemite 2004 Fire Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement guides the implementation of a complex fire management program. The program includes wildland fire suppression, wildland fire used to achieve natural and cultural resource benefits, fire prevention, prescribed fire, fire ecology research, and the use of mechanical methods to reduce and thin vegetation in and around communities.

One goal of the program is to reduce the threat of wildland fire to public safety, to the park's wildland urban interface communities, and to its natural and cultural resources. Another management goal is to return the influence of natural fire to park ecosystems so they are restored to as natural a condition as possible. Since 2004, Yosemite has completed annual updates to its fire management plan. View the 2009 operational Fire Management Plan [683 kb PDF], for example.

The Fire Management Plan /Environmental Impact Statement proposes to reduce risk to park wildland urban interface communities within six to eight years, and to restore park ecosystems within 15 to 20 years. Some of the work which will be done to reduce the risk of unwanted wildland fire in and adjacent to wildland urban interface communities will involve mechanical methods. The primary methods to reduce wildland fire risk and to restore park ecosystems, however, will be prescribed and wildland fire.


This 2004 plan has been separated out into a number of PDF documents. You may also download the entire plan [100 MB PDF].

To download in PDF format, click the chapter title below. (Download the free Adobe Reader if you don't already have it.)

Table of Contents (174kb)
Executive Summary (220kb)
Letter from the Superintendent (39kb)
Abstract (35kb)


Chapter 1: Purpose and Need (276kb)

Chapter 2: Alternatives (737kb)

Chapter 3: Affected Environment (711kb)

Chapter 4: Environmental Consequences (237kb)

Alternative A: No Action (630kb)

Alternative B: Aggressive Action (671kb)

Alternative C: Passive Action (471kb)

Alternative D: Multiple Action (489kb)

Chapter 5: Wild and Scenic Rivers (188kb)

Chapter 6: Consultation and Coordination (155kb)

Chapter 7: List of Preparers (72kb)


Appendix 1 - References Cited

Appendix 2 - Glossary (105kb)

Appendix 3 - Wildland Fire Response, Planning, and Implementation Procedures (294kb)

Appendix 4 - Smoke Communications Strategy (100kb)

Appendix 5 - Considering Cumulative Impacts (326kb)

Appendix 6 - Multi-Year Prescribed Fire Schedule (235kb)

Appendix 7 - National Historic Preservation Act Consultation (39kb)

Appendix 8 - Cultural Resources (17kb)

Appendix 9 - USFWS Biological Opinion (247kb)

Appendix 9A - El Portal Prescribed Burn Rotation Plan & Elderberry Plants (36kb)

Appendix 9B - Monitoring Plan: Elderberry Plants within the El Portal Wildland-Urban Interface (54kb)

Appendix 9C - Mitigation Measures Common To All Action Alternatives (103kb)

Appendix 10 - Fire Management and the Vegetation Management Plan (51kb)

Appendix 11 - Prescribed Fire Units (122kb)

Appendix 12 - Responses to Public Comments (1322kb)

Appendix 13 - Minimum Requirement Decision Process for Administrative Actions in Wilderness (111kb)


Last updated: June 26, 2017

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