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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Yosemite Fires News & Notes #MeadowFire 4,772 Acres 80% and (NEW) #DoubleRockFire #LembertFire #Cathedralfire #CaFire

Dramatic photo of the in National Park Credit: Susan Holt.
Yosemite Fire News and Notes: A new fire, Double Rock, was found September 16. It is approximately 7 miles east of White Wolf and near the source of Morrison Creek. This is a high elevation fire at approximately 8,750', smoldering in brush, down logs and snags and is estimated to be one acre in size. 

The Lembert and Cathedral fires in the Tuolumne Meadows area have become more active due to windy conditions at ridge tops and near the Sierra Nevada crest. Consequently, smoke has become more visible.

The Meadow Fire has been converted to a smaller Type 3 organization and will be monitored by wilderness fire modules. 

Meadow Fire - CA-YNP-Meadow

Final Update #8 Tuesday, September 16, 2014/Time: 8:00 AM
This will be the last update produced by the South Central Sierra Interagnecy Incident Management Team. 

Incident StaticsAcres Burned: 4,772 

Containment: 80%

Structures Threatened: 0
Structures Damaged: 0
Fire Start Date: July 19, 2014 Injuries: 2
Fire Discovered: 8/15/14 Total Personnel: 328
Fire Cause: Lightning Cost to date: $4.9 million
Est. Containment: 9/21/14

Location: The Fire is located within the designated wilderness of the Yosemite National Park in Mariposa County and is currently within Little Yosemite Valley between Half Dome and Mount Starr King on both sides of the Merced River.
  • The fire spread significantly due to a wind event which occurred on September 7, 2014.
  • In Yosemite National Park, fire managers operate within the federal guidelines to assess new naturally
  • caused fires, long enough to determine the threat or benefit the fire may or may not have on the parks ecology. Most fires within the Yosemite National Park naturally burn themselves out. Only a small number of fires show potential for large fire growth and fire suppression action is needed to mitigate the threat to resources. Fire is an important component to the health of the parks sensitive ecology.
  • Recreation and businesses remain open in the Yosemite National Park except trail areas listed below.
Fire Update
Firefighter and public safety remains the highest priority. Fire crews are being sensitive to environmental and cultural resources in and around the fire area.

Last night’s infrared flight indicates numerous isolated heat sources within the fires perimeter. Crews will continue to patrol and mop up hot spots near containment lines.

Air quality continues to increase as fuels are consumed.

Due to the extremely steep, rugged and inaccessible terrain, some fire crews will remain spiked in the wilderness to continue suppression and mop up efforts.

Fire crews were very successful with their efforts to utilize Minimum Impact Suppression Tactics (M.I.S.T). Fire crews utilized natural barriers such as, rock to rock, rock to domes, decomposed granite (DG) to sparse fuels to confine and contain the fire. Crews continue to work hard in maintaining natural habitat in the wilderness and are diligently working to limit the foot print the suppression effort may cause.

The South Central Interagency Incident Management Team transitioned the management of the fire back to the Yosemite National Park Type 3 Incident Management.

The trail to Half Dome via Little Yosemite Valley is open to day-use only. No overnight camping in any areas impacted by the fire is permitted.

The fire continues to effect popular hiking areas in Yosemite National Park and trail closures still remain in effect.

Smoke from the Meadows Fire could continue to impact visitors, campers and employees overnight and in the early morning hours in Yosemite Valley.

Fires can produce heavy smoke that blows down into Yosemite Valley. Be prepared for smoke in the unhealthy AQI range normally worse in the mornings with some clearing in the afternoon hours.

Information for schools can be found on this site and links to current air quality updates for this incident will be posted on the California Smoke Information blog.

Trail Closures

By order of the Superintendent of Yosemite National Park and under authority of Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations, Section 1.5(a) and Section (a)(1):

  • Little Yosemite Valley (closed to overnight use)
  • The John Muir Trail between Little Yosemite Valley and Sunrise High Sierra Camp
  • Sunrise and Merced Lake High Sierra Camps and backpackers’ camps
  • The Sunrise Trail south of the Tenaya Lake Trail Junction
  • Clouds Rest and Sunrise Lakes
Cooperating agencies include: U.S. Forest Service, National Weather Service and California Conservation Corp.

For More Information:
Fire information:
Fire Information call center: (209) 372-0327; 372-0328; and, 372-0329.
For Yosemite air quality data and webcams:
For smoke updates:
Yosemite National Park Web page:

Meadow Fire Safety Closures Update

September 16, 2014 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information

Containment of the Meadow Fire continues to grow allowing some areas to be re-opened. However, the fire is still active and fire crews are working in the area. In order to maintain the safety of park visitors and allow fire management operations to continue unimpeded, the Superintendent of Yosemite National Park is designating a portion of Yosemite Wilderness as closed. The area will be closed until further notice is given.

By order of the Superintendent of Yosemite National Park and under authority of Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations, Section 1.5(a) and Section (a)(1):

The area marked as closed on the accompanying map entitled Meadow Fire Safety Closure dated September 15, 2014.

Features and facilities within the area include, but are not limited to:

The John Muir Trail between the Clouds Rest Junction and Sunrise HSC.
Sunrise and Merced Lake High Sierra Camps and backpackers’ camps.
The Sunrise Trail to Clouds Rest through to the John Muir Trail junction.
Sunrise Lakes.

These trails and areas are open:

Little Yosemite Valley Campground (LYV)
The Mist, Panorama and Half Dome Trails and all climbing routes on Half Dome.
Vogelsang Backpackers’ Camp.
The Tenaya Lake Trail

map showing closed trails, as described above
CA-YNP Meadow Fire Perimeter Map


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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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