YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK – The two fires currently burning in the park, (Blue Jay Fire and White Wolf) are being used as control fires. The goal for both fires is to contain them to a specific area and to confine them, using natural barriers like the bare ground and granite. This strategy reduces fire impacts to firefighters who may be in a remote area of the park, lacking access to campgrounds or trails, as well as wilderness. The Forest Service and National Park service are dedicated to the Blue Jay and White Wolf fires by continuing to observe growth and weather behavior.
The Wolf Fire has an active perimeter of 45% while the Blue Jay Fire, has a 40% active perimeter and are currently no threats or concerns infrastructure and park trails remain open; the fires are smoldering dead pockets of brush and fallen and dead logs. It is important to note that the fire can be seen from high country vistas, Glacier Point, and Tioga Roads.
Park Managers are working alongside local Air Quality Districts to monitor how the smoke will impact local communities and the park as smoke from other fires nearby are impacting the community.
The Blue Jay Fire is currently located 4 miles south of White Wolf campground and 1 mile west of Lukens Lake Trail and is 185 acres. The fire was discovered on July 24, 2020 and was caused by lightning.
The White Wolf Fire is currently located 1mile north of White Wolf campground and 2 miles east of Lukens Lake Trail and is 53 acres. The fire was discovered on August 11th, 2020 and was caused by lightning.
For more up to date information, please go to: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6888/