It is currently reported at 1,001 acres. It was not known when power would be restored. Yosemite as other mountain areas continues to experience air quality impacts due to regional fires. This fire has been fast moving and there has been incredible firefighting work done to protect employees, residents and park resources. Air quality has improved, however smoke may continue to be visible through the coming days. Fire crews implemented a strategic burning operation along Glacier Point road from Mono Meadow Trailhead towards Horizon Ski trail.
The county suggests remaining indoors or minimizing outdoor activities as much as possible. The Fireplace Fire was declared contained Sunday June 15 to 3. They are cutting, piling and mechanically thinning dense vegetation including shade tolerant conifers such as incense cedar, white fir and ponderosa pine. There are closures in place related to each fire. Other parts of Yosemite, including Tuolumne Meadows and high-country areas accessible via Tioga Road Highway 120 , remained open. Smoke will continue to be visible.
The lightning caused Yosemite Creek, Boundary Peak and South Fork Fires have been declared out. Temperatures spiking to 95 degrees and inaccessible terrain were making it difficult for crews to slow the flames, U. This wildfire began on the afternoon of September 7, 2015, and is being suppressed. Fire remains quiet near the community of Wawona. The fire was 5 percent contained. Contingency lines were also established to the northwest leading to Turner Ridge.
Travelers should use extreme caution and expect delays when driving through the fire area. It is currently 2,296 acres and 5% contained. Additionally from Westfall Meadow to the Deer Camp junction, the Alder Creek trail remains closed. With the expected warm and dry air and stable atmospheric conditions, expect poor dispersion of smoke, which means we are likely to have smoke in Yosemite Valley and the El Portal area throughout the coming week. Wildfires, when caused by lightning, are a natural phenomenon on the landscape.
More than 3,300 firefighters are on the scene, with 16 helicopters. A single tree was struck by lightning on May 21, 2013. The fire is being suppressed by handline construction using minimum impact suppression tactics and natural barriers of granite ridgelines and rock outcroppings. The Mariposa Grove prescription fire successfully treated approximately 100 acres within the historic sequoia grove. .
Yosemite National Park is planning a 1,447 acre prescribed fire in the southwestern portion of the park near Yosemite West. The Chilnualna Falls trail is closed at the bottom and smoke is visible from the area and is expected to be significant overnight. A slight warming trend will begin Sunday. Acreage has increased due to more accurate mapping. Thunderstorms produce gusty and erratic winds. The fire started in the Merced River Canyon, west of Yosemite along Highway 140. Growth potential is estimated to be high.
Ignitions of the Mariposa Grove prescribed fire continued this week with an additional 44 acres completed in the upper grove. Numerous large fires are burning along the entire western part of the United States and transport winds are carrying smoke across a very large region. It is burning through a predominately red fir forest. The Ferguson Fire began July 13 and has been burning in steep, rough, parched terrain near Yosemite. Minimal smoke production was observed. Fire crews and park employees continued their efforts along El Portal Road mopping up hotspots and cleaning the highway of debris.
Burning operations above Wawona were completed yesterday. Bridalveil Campground will remain closed. Wildfires when caused by lightning are a natural phenomenon on the landscape. The fire is located along the Lehamite Creek Trail from the north rim of the Valley to the Tioga Road. Yosemite and Point Reyes fire crews are monitoring all fires.
Periodic thunderstorms have continued over the month of July and there are 8 lightning caused fires being monitored for multiple objectives. Some hotels and businesses, such as the Majestic Yosemite Hotel and the Ansel Adams Gallery, had emergency generators, employees said. The national weather service is predicting continued thunderstorm activity through the weekend at the Sierra Crest. Showers and thunderstorms are possible each afternoon and evening through Tuesday, with a slight increase in temperature and lower relative humidities. The north flank of the fire was the most active yesterday as it burned into heavy pockets of fuel. If conditions are favorable today fire crews will continue burn operations along Glacier Point road. The National Park Service has transitioned to fire season preparedness and fire resources will be available seven days per week for suppression efforts.