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Pika Fire Update, July 13, 2023

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Date: July 13, 2023

Location: Just west of North Dome
Elevation: 7,100 feet
Discover date: June 29, 2023
Size: 50 acres
Cause: Lightning


Yosemite Fire crews are using a confine and contain strategy utilizing natural barriers and trails. A confine and contain strategy under favorable conditions allows fire to move naturally across the landscape, providing ecological benefits to plants and wildlife, while also meeting protection objectives to minimize risk to people and infrastructure.

Smoke from the Pika Fire has been impacting Yosemite Valley overnight and into the morning with conditions improving as smoke lifts during the afternoon. Unhealthy conditions were experienced last night and this morning in Yosemite Valley and conditions are expected to be similar tomorrow. Slight impacts may also be observed in the surrounding communities of El Portal and Groveland. Monitor smoke in your area and take precautions for your health.

Trail closures went into effect Tuesday evening, impacting short sections of the North Dome Trail and Lehamite Creek Trail

Pika Fire information is also available on InciWeb.

Last updated: July 13, 2023

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