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Sunday, September 25, 2011

CA-YNP- Yosemite September lightning Fires 127+ acres #Maps

Yosemite Fires - Update #23 – September 26, 2011

The three most active lightning ignited fires have experienced moderate growth over the last few days.  All fires are being monitored, patrolled or are staffed.  Thunderstorm activity continued over the weekend, with measurable rain in some locations.  The T-Storms are predicted to moderate through the coming week, with drier and warmer conditions. However, as warmer weather settles into the region, more smoke may become visible. 
Yosemite September Tamarack Fire Perimeter Map

Yosemite September Smith lightning Fire Perimeter Map
 Wilderness Fire Unit:  
Smith (37 55.249 x 119 45.945; 6,300” el. Tuolumne Co. 9/14) It is at approximately 25 acres, with minimal growth over the last few days.  It continues to burn in down and dead logs and duff with moderate fire activity.  Smoke is visible in the afternoons with the southwest aspect drying of available fuels.  Crews are on scene.  The fire remains within the wilderness boundary.  All trails through this area are closed:  Cottonwood Creek, Smith Meadow, Smith Peak, and the Aspen Valley trails.  

Tamarack (37 45.982 x 119 44.436; 7,700’el. Mariposa Co. 9/13). Over 101 acres have burned and the fire perimeter is 50% active, with 1’ to 2’ foot flame lengths, burning in red fire duff and forest litter.  It is moving toward the north/northwest. The Tamarack Creek trail though the fire area is closed.  It is approximately 1 mile northeast of Tamarack campground, and near the footprint of the 1988 Walker fire.  Smoke is visible from many locations throughout the park, including the Tioga and Wawona Roads, Glacier Point and Sentinel Dome.  Smoke has the potential to impact the Tamarack Campground in the late evening and early morning hours.  Fire crews will be removing brush along the Tioga Road.  Drivers are urged to use caution, and adhere to posted 25 mph speed limits when driving in the area of Gin Flat.

Cascade (37 45.879 x 119 41.846; 7,700’ el. Mariposa Co. 9/12) This fire has become more active and a smoke column is visible in the afternoons. It remains less than 1 acre.  It is approximately 2.5 miles southeast of the Tamarack Campground near Ribbon Meadow.   

The other 14 lightning caused ignition fires are either out or are not active.   Other fires may continue to be found during predicted drier weather this next week.

Bishop Creek Prescribed Fire:  This proposed project is mostly in Wilderness and the primary objective is Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) protection.  The project will buffer the communities of Yosemite West, Wawona, Glacier Point Historic District and El Portal, from unwanted wildfire by reducing an over accumulation of fuels.  The project is 5,224 acres and is broken into five segments.  It will build off the recent 1,068 acre Avalanche fire, other prescribed fires and mechanical thinning treatments in Yosemite’s Suppression and Wilderness Fire Management Units.    Additionally, this project is another step in restoring fire dependent forest ecosystems in Yosemite’s lower mixed conifer pine forest.  More information about this project will be available on a separate Bishop Creek Prescribed Fire Information update.   The start date is to be determined, due to the number of naturally caused ignitions within the park.

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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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