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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

YNP: Yosemite Park - Hodgdon Prescribed Fire

Hodgdon Prescribed Fire
June 19, 2012

Fire Managers will proceed with the Hodgdon Meadow, Segments D and E, prescribed fire Tuesday June 19, 2012.

Fuel moistures and other fire factors, within the burn unit; have reached optimal levels to successfully complete the 234 acre project.  Yosemite National Park fire crews are preparing the units for the project, such as scraping away many years of accumulated duff and other vegetation from the bases of large trees.  The project area is near the Big Oak Flat entrance station, campground and community of Hodgdon Meadows. Yosemite’s fire crews will be augmented with firefighters from Point Reyes National Seashore, Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, and San Luis National Wildlife Refuge Complex of the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

The two units have had minimal fire history between 1930 and 1990, although natural fire history is evident with fire scars on several mature trees.  Since 1990, a hazardous fuel reduction program has been implemented to protect private and public structures around the Hodgdon Wildland Urban Interface (WUI).  The most recent projects were last summer with over 500 acres being treated.  A mixture of fuel reduction techniques have been used including mechanical thinning, pile and prescribed burning. These WUI treatments have created defensible space for the Hodgdon residential area. This project will not only extend the defensible space, but also facilitate the reintroduction of fire into the ecosystem and restore the forest area.  Combined with other burns near Crane Flat, and Rockefeller Grove areas, and with the fuel reduction projects conducted by the Stanislaus National Forest along Evergreen Road, this project will further reduce the likelihood of catastrophic fire originating at lower elevations, either inside or outside of the park affecting communities in mixed confer pine forest.  

Smoke will be visible, and is always a factor in the decision making process in regards to public health. A smoke management plan has been submitted to the Tuolumne County Air Pollution Control District, and a burn permit has been issued.  Smoke monitors will be deployed in smoke sensitive areas determined by Yosemite’s air quality manager, and Tuolumne County APCD.   

More updates will be published through the duration of the prescribed fire project.  It is anticipated active ignition will take two to three days.  The fire area will then be mopped–up and monitored.

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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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