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Wawona Prescribed Burn, October 2023

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Date: October 4, 2023

Fire management is preparing to continue prescribed burning operations on the Studhorse unit which is south of the Wawona Hotel. Conditions permitting, ignitions plan to take place at approximately 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 5, 2023 and target approximately 56 acres in units #1 and #2 (map attached for reference). No active ignitions are planned for the weekend however, firefighters will remain in the area; please watch for firefighters and equipment along the roadway. 

Burning under favorable conditions helps to create a healthier forest, improves wildlife habitats, protects infrastructure and natural resources, and lowers the risk of more dangerous fires and smoke impacts in the future. Impacts from smoke are always a consideration and burning will only be conducted under favorable dispersal conditions. Smoke will be visible along the Wawona Road (Highway 41) and in the Wawona area during and after burning operations. Air quality information can be found online at

Map showing burn units just east of the Wawona Hotel, with most of the burn units within the 2022 Washburn Fire perimeter

Last updated: October 4, 2023

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