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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

CA-YNP-Forbidden Fire - Yosemite Lightning Caused WUF Fire 35+ acres [Topo Location Map] [New Picture]

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Update: From Yosemite Wildland Fire Facebook 


Update from a reader 6-24:

I just hiked the Yosemite Creek Trail on Friday, June 21.  I was reading your Yosemite Forbidden Fire update and saw you requested any photos, etc.  In that spirit, I am sending you fire photos I snapped the day of our hike.  They aren't too exciting, with just some smoke visible, but thought you’d be interested anyway.  The location from which I took the photos is at a high point 1.5 trail miles south of Yosemite Creek Campground, just before it intersects with another trail leading down from Tioga Road and a Yosemite Creek tributary stream. 

It certainly did not impact our enjoyment at all – It was a beautiful trail and a spectacular day!  Thank your crew for us for their service to the park and keeping us safe.

Mike Hennessy
San Diego, CA
CA-YNP-0010 YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK #ForbiddenFire
YOSEMITE NP: Forbidden Fire Photos
Heavier smoke in the middle of the screen. Fire continues to work up into the higher elevation wilderness. #YNPForbiddenFire @YosemiteFire
 — atYosemite National Park.



Forbidden Fire Update

June 11, 2013 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information
This lightning caused fire is approximately 32 acres. A single tree was struck by lightning on May 21, 2013. The fire is west of the Eagle Peak Meadow and Creek, a tributary of Yosemite Creek, and is north of Eagle Peak, on the north rim of Yosemite Valley. It is smoldering through surface fuels and duff in a red fir forest. Parts of the fire have been observed with 6-12 inch flame lengths, and there have been some torching of trees.

Smoke is visible from various locations in the park, including Tioga Rd, Sentinel Dome and Glacier Point. Fire managers are working with Mariposa County Air Pollution Control District concerning air quality impacts to nearby smoke sensitive areas.

Fire crews utilized natural barriers to check the fire spread to the south, and will continue to monitor the fire for growth, direction of spread, fire behavior and smoke production. 

The Forbidden Fire meets the park's fire management objectives of firefighter and the public safety, as the fire presents few risks to values. The fire poses no threat to park service buildings, roads or infrastructure. When appropriate, fire crews will utilize pack stock for logistical support on this fire in an effort to preserve wilderness character.

The fire was named for the Forbidden Wall along the Yosemite Falls trail.
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CA-YNP-Forbidden Fire Topo Map
Update: CA-YNP-Forbidden Fire - Update #3 – June 4, 2013
Forbidden (37 45.485 x -119 37.116; 7,400” el., Mariposa CO.)  This lightning caused fire was called in by employees and visitors observing smoke on May 21.  The fire is west of the Eagle Peak Meadow and Creek, a tributary of Yosemite Creek, and north of Eagle Peak, on the north rim of Yosemite Valley.  The fire is approximately at five acres, and smoldering through surface fuels and duff in a red fir forest.  Some parts of the fire have been observed with 6-12 inch flame lengths.  A single tree was struck by lightning.  


Smoke is visible from various locations in the park, including Tioga Rd, Sentinel Dome and Glacier Point.  Fire managers are working with Mariposa County Air Pollution Control District concerning air quality impacts to nearby smoke sensitive areas.


Yosemite fire crews will be hiking into the fire area to continue monitor fire growth and to improve the north rim trail system near Eagle Peak Meadows, and utilize natural barriers to check the fire spread to the south.  They will continue to scout for a week and determine the fire’s potential growth and spread direction, measure fuel moisture, and monitor fire behavior and smoke production.


The Forbidden Fire meets the park’s fire management objectives of firefighter and the public safety, as the fire presents few risks to values. The fire poses no threat to park service buildings, roads or infrastructure.  When appropriate, fire crews will utilize pack stock for logistical support on this fire in an effort to preserve wilderness character.  


The fire was named for the Forbidden Wall along the Yosemite Falls trail.

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Pictures from around the net:
CA-YNP- Forbidden Fire  - Yosemite Crews Ready Mule Packs
CA-YNP- Forbidden Fire  - Yosemite Fire Crew 7 Ready Mule Packs
CA-YNP-Forbidden Fire - USFS Inyo National Forest Mule Packers Supporting Yosemite N.P. 
Some Photos from Yosemite Wildland Fire Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Yosemite-Wildland-Fire/124632964255395
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