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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

YNP: Yosemite National Park Prescribed Burn Scheduled

Prescribed Burn Scheduled in and Around Yosemite National Park
First Burn of Season is a Collaborative Effort with Stanislaus National

Where: Yosemite National Park Fire Managers are planning a prescribed fire in the
north western portion of the park near the Big Oak Flat Entrance Station on
Highway 120 (Big Oak Flat Road) The total prescribed burn area will include 500 acres.
The Hodgdon Prescribed Burn will include 389 acres in Yosemite National Park and 111 acres in the Stanislaus National Forest.

When: Wednesday, July 6, 2011. The ignition of the burn is dependent on weather conditions.
 The prescribed area is beginning to dry out from a heavy winter snowpack and fuel moistures and other fire factors within the burn unit are reaching optimal levels to successfully burn the unit.
Yosemite National Park Prescribed Burn Map
This will be the first prescribed burn of the 2011 fire season.

Who: The fire will be managed as an interagency effort, with the agencies sharing personnel and
equipment. It is estimated that the burn will take approximately three days to complete. Temperatures over the scheduled burn dates are predicted to be in the mid-70’s.

Smoke from the burn may be visible throughout the park, but may be more
evident in the northern portion of the park. The goal of this prescribed
burn is to reduce fire fuels near the park boundaries, Hodgdon Meadow
Campground, the Big Oak Flat Entrance Station, and the Hodgdon residential
area. This will be the first prescribed fire in this specific location,
however there is evidence of natural fire history by burn scars on mature
trees in the area.

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****REMINDER**** Every fire has the ability to be catastrophic. The wildland fire management environment has profoundly changed. Growing numbers of communities, across the nation, are experiencing longer fire seasons; more frequent, bigger, and more severe, fires are a real threat. Be careful with all campfires and equipment.
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