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Update On Fires In Yosemite

YOSEMITE – As the 4th of July holiday weekend approaches, visitors are reminded that no fireworks of any kind are allowed within Yosemite National Park.

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

The top priority for everyone working in the park is to keep the public and firefighters safe.

The threat of thunderstorms and dry lighting (little precipitation) are predicted for Friday and Saturday and continuing through the weekend of June 26. High temperatures are also predicted.

Update on Yosemite fires –

Yosemite Creek (37 50.310 x 119 21.813 – Mariposa Co., 8,020′, June 7). This lightning caused fire has been declared out. The black-lining operation was not conducted and no other actions are planned. Point Reyes and Sequoia-King Canyon fire crews have returned to their home units. The Yosemite Campground is open to all campers.

Boundary (37 45.778 x 119 40.502 – Mariposa Co., 8,000′, June 6). This fire near Boundary Peak is showing no activity and is being declared out. A single red fir was struck by lightning. It was surrounded by granite and had low potential for growth.

South Fork (37 47.965 x 119 40.5028, – Mariposa Co., 8,100′, June 6). This fire was approximately one-half mile from Cascade Creek. A single red fir tree was struck in an area of huckleberry brush and needle litter. This fire has also been inactive and is declared out.

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 red fir, lodgepole and a Jeffrey pine forest. It is on the south side of the Tuolumne River. Brush and ground forest litter were observed to be smoldering. This fire is also inactive with no visible smoke.

Haze and smoke may continue to be visible due to fires outside of the park in the regional area. The Washington Fire is impacting the high country of the park. Please see contacts below for further smoke information concerning statewide fires.

For More Information –

• Fire information: gary_wuchner@nps.gov, (209) 372-0480

• Yosemite Web: http://www.nps.gov/yose/blogs/fireinfo.htm.

• Air Quality – three sites are listed:

• Yosemite National Park Web page: Yosemite Wildland Fire Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Yosemite-Fire-and-Aviation/124632964255395

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