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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Yosemite National Park Meadow Fire Information: 4,761 Acres 50% Containment (MAP)

Update #6
Release for Sunday, September 14, 2014/Time: 8:00 AM

Incident Statics

Acres Burned: 4,761 Structures Threatened: 0
Containment: 50% Structures Damaged: 0
Fire Start Date: July 19, 2014 Injuries: 2
Fire Discovered: 8/15/14 Total Personnel: 570
Fire Cause: Lightning Cost to date: $3.9 million
Est. Containment: 9/21/14

  • 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 revealed there are a few isolated heat sources along the fires perimeter with most of the heat dispersed through the fires interior. Areas of intense heat seem to concentrate in three main areas. These areas are north end of the fire and two areas in the southeast. The west flank of the fire continues to cool. There are still isolated heat sources scattered throughout the fire.

  • Due to the extremely steep, rugged and inaccessible terrain, some fire crews are being flown into the area by helicopter. Air resources, including eight helicopters are being utilized along the fire-line to slow the forward progress of the fire and to cool down hot spots. Due to the potential fire growth and extensive amount of work which remains, a high commitment of resources will be required.
  • Fire crews are using Minimum Impact Suppression Tactics (M.I.S.T). Fire crews are confining and containing the naturally caused fire by utilizing natural barriers such as, rock to rock, rock to domes, decomposed granite (DG) to sparse fuels. Crews are working hard to maintain natural habitat in the wilderness and working diligently to limit the foot print the suppression effort may cause.
  • A reduction in the fires overall acreage is due to accurate mapping by field observers, who walked the fires perimeter with GPS.
  • 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 burn through popular hiking areas in Yosemite National Park and trail closures still remain in effect.
  • Smoke from the Meadows Fire will 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.

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.
Meadow Fire Perimeter Map
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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