WAWONA — Two weeks ago, the residents and visitors in the Wawona community of Yosemite National Park were given a mandatory evacuation order due to the Washburn Fire. The Washburn Fire started on July 7th, 2022 near the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. The fire is currently 4,866 acres and 87% contained. Fire officials expect to have it completely contained by July 30th.
Today, resources on the fire will focus on mopping-up hot spots near the control lines, backhauling equipment no longer being used, and rehabilitating the areas impacted during fire suppression efforts. Temperatures will remain seasonably warm with continued low humidity values. Increasing cumulus clouds are expected to build up to the east of the fire over the Sierra Crest during the afternoon and evening hours. There is a slight chance of isolated showers overnight into Tuesday morning.
The wilderness area north of Wawona opens today, Monday, July 25, and the fire advisory has been lifted for the wilderness area.
The Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias and the Wawona Campground remain closed due to the Washburn fire. You can find Washburn fire updates at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/8209/.
All other areas of Yosemite are open, although a reservation is required to drive into the park if arriving between 6 am and 4 pm.
The Oak fire is currently burning west of Yosemite in the Mariposa/Midpines area. This fire has caused the closure of Highway 140 west of Mariposa which leads to Yosemite and has resulted in poor air quality. Conditions are very smoky throughout the park, with air quality worsening rapidly. Smoke may pose a risk for older adults, children, and persons with pre-existing medical conditions. These individuals should limit time outdoors, avoid exertion, seek medical attention if experiencing symptoms. You can check on air quality at https://fire.airnow.gov/.