YOSEMITE – Officials are reporting that fire activity has decreased significantly on the Dog Rock fire, which is now estimated at 311 acres with 20% containment. They anticipate that far less smoke will be visible today.
The view from the Yosemite Conservancy’s webcam on Turtleback Dome shows little to no smoke showing this morning at 11 a.m.
The night shift patrolled and monitored the fire along El Portal Road, and mopped up portions of the northern edge of the fire.
Over 7,000 feet of hose has been deployed on the northern perimeter to assist crews with mop-up efforts. Water tenders are hauling water to a nearby portable tank where it is pumped through the hose lays to the firefighters.
Helicopters will continue to support ground crews with bucket drops along the east and west flanks of the fire.
Park road crews will begin removing rocks and other debris on El Portal Rd. Firefighters will continue to patrol the road, mopping up, containing the fire and preventing snags and other burning material from crossing the road.
Pacific Gas & Electric employees will begin repairing damaged power lines in order to restore full power to the park. Power lines will be installed by helicopters, and this work will be closely coordinated with incident air and ground operations.
Yosemite Park resource advisors have been assigned to the fire to work with firefighters and assist them in protecting park resources and the firefighters themselves.
The fire is burning in an area where bears are present, so crews are instructed to be aware of bears and to keep all food and trash securely stored.
Cultural and natural resources are always considered when planning and conducting fire suppression activities in order to protect them.
Highway 140 from the park line near El Portal to the Big Oak Flat Road and El Portal Road Junction remains closed.