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YNP Yosemite Fire Update #2 June 18, 2015 Active Fires being managed for multiple objectives: MAP #CAFire


Yosemite Fire Update #2
June 18, 2015

Yosemite Creek Fire

Active Fires being managed for multiple objectives:  The current fires are due to thunderstorm activity over the Sierra Nevada Mountains and Yosemite since June. The national weather service is predicting continued drier and warm conditions. All the fires are being monitored by Yosemite National Park firefighters.


Yosemite Creek (37 50.310 x 119 21.813 – Mariposa Co., 8,020’, June 7).  This fire is being managed for multiple objectives.  There are two primary objectives of this fire: to keep the fire south of the Campground and Tioga Roads to protect Yosemite Creek Campground and the Tioga Road; and the other is to reduce the heavy build-up of dense fuels by allowing the fire to naturally back down the slope.  It is near the footprint of the 2014 lightning caused Dark Hole Fire.  The immediate fire area has no known fire history.  The fire is in red fir and huckleberry brush, and is surrounded by broken granite.  Observed fire activity is low and smoldering in one down log. Yosemite, Point Reyes and Sequoia-King Canyon fire crews will be preparing the Yosemite Campground Road for fire operations that may begin June 22.  The Yosemite Creek Campground is open and there are no closed roads.     


Other Fires
Boundary (37 45.778 x 119 40.502 – Mariposa Co., 8,000’, June 6). This fire is near Boundary Peak and has been inactive over the last week. A single red fir was struck by lightning.  It is surrounded by granite and has low potential for growth.  The fire will be monitored.
South Fork (37 47.965 x 119 40.5028, - Mariposa Co., 8,100’, June 6). This fire is approximately one half mile from Cascade Creek. A single red fir tree was struck but in an area of huckleberry brush and needle litter. This fire is on a northeast aspect and has low to moderate potential for growth. This fire has also been inactive.
Wheel (37 55.430 x 119 27.873 – Tuolumne Co., 7,412’, June 8).  This fire is remote and near Glen Aulin High Sierra Camp and Waterwheel Falls.  It is in a red fir, lodge pole and Jeffrey pine forest.  It is on the south side of the Tuolumne River.  Brush and ground forest litter was observed to be smoldering.  It has low potential for growth.  This fire is also inactive with no visible smoke.


Smoke that may be visible in the park today, June 18, is due to current fires outside of the park in the Mariposa and Oakhurst areas.  Smoke from these fires may be visible from many locations within the park.


All visitors are urged to use established campgrounds for fires.  In all campfires, when departing, please be sure all fires are out.


Our top priority is to keep the public and firefighters safe.


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