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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

YNP - Yosemite Fires - Update #17– September 13, 2011

Yosemite Fires Location Map
Yosemite Fires Location Map
The regional lightning storms over the weekend have caused six additional fires within Yosemite National Park.  This information is preliminary and more information will follow.

Suppression fire zone; these fires will be put out:  
Gin:  (37 47.467 x 119 46.897; 5,700’el. Tuolumne Co.)  A single tree was struck by lightning.  This fire is in timber with 50% of the perimeter active.  One quarter acre has burned with open flame visible.  Four firefighters are committed to this fire.  

Aspen:  (37 47.648 x 119 46.691; 5,700’el. Tuolumne Co.)  This fire is on the east side of the South Fork of Tuolumne River.  A single tree was struck by lightning, and is smoldering and creeping on surface fuels.

South Fork:  (37 48.099 x 119 46.065; 5,577’el. Tuolumne Co.)  It is located on the west side of the So. Fork of the Tuolumne River.  A Single tree strike and is creeping and smoldering through ground fuels.  

Valley:  (37 48.189 x 119 46.297; 55.577’el. Tuolumne Co.)  Single tree strike, creeping and smoldering through timber litter.  It is a south aspect with a creeping 10’x10’ spot with flame lengths less than 6”.  

Gulch: (37 51.4 x 119 46.8; Tuolumne Co.)  A single tree strike and is creeping in timber and brush.  

Wilderness Zone:  
Ribbon Fire:  (37 46.264 x 119 39.291; 8.500’el. Mariposa Co.)  This lightning strike was to a single tree in
red fir.  It is approximately 2 miles east of Cascade Creek.  It is a 30x30 spot fire and .10 acre has burned. Firefighters are collecting data and monitoring this wilderness fire for multiple objectives.

Cascade:  (37 45.879 x 119 41.846; 7,700’ el. Mariposa Co.)  A single green tree was struck in red fir east of Cascade Creek in designated wilderness.  A 10x10 spot is smoldering and creeping through timber litter.  Firefighters are collected data and monitoring this fire for multiple objectives.  

Quartzite Fire: (37 43.478 x 119 24.468; 9,000’el. Mariposa Co.)  It is approximately 1 mile south of Merced Lake and is inactive due to heavy rain.    

Adair Fire: (37.42.675 x 119 23.986; 8,600’el. Mariposa Co.)  It is 2 miles west of Washburn Lake.  It is approximately 4.6 acres in size, and is smoldering in red fir needle cast and forest duff; 5% of perimeter is active.

Avalanche Fire: (N37 39.794 x W119 42.238; 6,400’el. Mariposa Co.)  The 1,068 acre fire is controlled and in patrol status. Light smoke continues to be visible at the top of Avalanche Creek.

Other fires:  
Eagle:  This fire is on the Stanislaus National Forest and near Eagle Peak.  It is a 60x40 size fire and has high potential for growth.  Fire resources, from Yosemite National Park and Stanislaus National Forest, including Helicopter 551, are on scene and suppressing this fire.   

For additional Information: Fire Information and Education:; (209) 375-9574 or (209) 372-0480.

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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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