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Update On The Fires Burning In Yosemite

YOSEMITE — Lower temperatures and higher humidites have helped to moderate the eight wildfires currently burning in Yosemite National Park.

This is the latest update on the Yosemite fires:

Empire
Discovered: 8/1/17
Location: 1 mile east of Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area and 3/4 mile south of Glacier Point Road
Size: 6,340 acres
Cause: Lightning
Containment: 85%
Fuels: Red fir
Fire activity has been minimal over the past few days due to cooler temperatures. Crews will continue to monitor. Glacier Point road is open, subject to smoke along the road from Badger Pass to Sentinel Dome Parking Area.

South Fork
Discovered: 8/13/17
Location: .75 miles east of the community of Wawona
Size: 6,970 acres
Cause: Lightning
Containment: 85%
Fuels: Mixed conifer and red fir
The South Fork Fire remains quiet near the community of Wawona on the west and south flank of the fire. Sections of the north flank and the entire east flank are continuing to burn in the wilderness Fire activity has been minimal this week.

Le Conte
Discovered: 9/12/17
Location: North Side of Hetch Hetchy Reservoir
Size: 1/2 acre
Cause: Lightning
Spread Potential: Low
Fuels: Sparse ground fuels
Strategy: Monitor

Porcupine Campground
Discovered: 9/12/17
Location: Right on Porcupine creek
Size: 1/10 acre
Cause: Lightning
Spread Potential: Low
Fuels: Ground fuels
Strategy: Monitor
There is a single green tree burning at the base with a 10×10 ground fire with continuous wet fuels.

Illilouette Creek
Discovered: 9/12/17
Location: N 37° 40.391′ x W 119° 32.505′ elevation of 7,570′
Size: 1/10 acre
Cause: Lightning
Spread Potential: Low
Fuels: Ground fuels
Strategy: Monitor
On the north aspect of the ridge in a lightning-struck snag with some ground fuel on the fire. Empire Fire operations will monitor this fire.

Starr King
Discovered: 8/2/17
Location: N 37° 42.965′ x W 119° 29.588′ at approximately 7,800 feet elevation.
Size: 60 acres
Cause: Lightning
Spread Potential: Low/ Moderate
Fuels: Red fir/ Lodgepole
Strategy: Monitor

Porcupine
Discovered: 8/2/17
Location: N 37° 49.336′ x W 119° 34.720′ at approximately 8,154 feet elevation, off Tioga road.
Size: 4.8 acres
Cause: Lightning
Spread Potential: Low
Fuels: Lodgepole/Red fir
Strategy: Monitor

Ribbon
Discovered: 9/26/17
Location: 37 45.3 by119 38.5 at approximately 8,154 feet elevation, off Tioga road.
Size: 10 x 10
Cause: Lightning
Spread Potential: Low
Fuels: Low brush
Strategy: Monitor

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