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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

CA-YNP Bridalveil Fire Yosemite National Park Mariposa County

Bridalveil Fire - CA-YNP Bridalveil

Location: Yosemite National Park MariposaCo., 6300’El.GPS: 3742.412x11938.389–

Special Yosemite Fire Update

The Bridalveil Fire was reported on the evening of October 5.
The fire is approximately 30 acres in size and smoke isvisible from many locations within Yosemite Valley, Sentinel Dome, and the North Rim of the Valley.  This fire poses no threats to public safety or park infrastructure.  There is no percentage of containment.
 This fire is being suppressed.
 Yosemite Fire Crews and 2 USDA, US Forest Service Hot Shot crews, Groveland and Sierra, are committed to fire suppression efforts.  Helicopter water bucket drops continue to cool the flanks of the fire.
 It is within designated wilderness and Minimum Impact Suppression Tactics (MIST) will be utilized. On October 5, Helicopter551 responded, located the fire and its fire crew rappelled into the remote fire area.  The fire area is very steep and rocky, with few opportunities to engage the fire with direct attack.
 There has been one injury.  The west facing aspect fire becomes more active midmorning and into late afternoon due to sunlight keeping the brush and timberfuels dry and receptive to increased fire activity.  The Pohono Trail is closed from DeweyPoint south to the trail junction fromTaftPoint and McGurkMeadow.
 The cause is unknown.  There has been no lightning in the area since early August.  Please remember – Yosemite and California continue to experience very dry conditions. Although it is fall, and nights are cooler, all visitors are urged to be diligent in any use of fire, including smoking.And be sure all fires are out before departing any campsite!
Please Do Not Report This Fire

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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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