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Prescribed burning is an efficient and effective way to mitigate the risk of large wildfires by decreasing excessive fuel build-up which reduces fire intensity and protects infrastructure and natural resources.

Yosemite Continues Prescribed Burning

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK–Yosemite Fire management is preparing to continue prescribed burning operations in the coming days on the Studhorse unit, which is south of the Wawona Hotel.

Studhorse RX burn in Yosemite, April 2023. Photo courtesy of Yosemite Fire and Aviation

Previous firing operations took place mid to late April 2023 and burned approximately 90 acres of the 260-acre unit.

Conditions permitting, ignitions plan to take place at approximately 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 11, 2023, and throughout the day on Friday, May 12, 2023, and target approximately 115 acres in unit #5 (map attached for reference). No active ignitions are planned for the weekend. However, firefighters will remain in the area; please watch for firefighters and equipment along the roadway. The remaining 55 acres of the unit will be burned at a later date when conditions are favorable.



Smoke will be visible along Wawona Road (Highway 41) during and after burning operations. Air quality information can be found online at https://fire.airnow.gov/.


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