YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK–Yosemite Fire and Aviation has postponed the planned prescribed burn in the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias we had previously written about here. Originally scheduled to begin this evening, this burn has been postponed until Fall 2023.
Yosemite Valley prescribed burns and pile burning will continue this week, starting Wednesday evening along Southside Drive in Sentinel Meadow, just west of the Yosemite Chapel. Ignitions will begin tomorrow evening and Thursday morning, with fire operations continuing through Friday.
Southside Drive will remain open with brief single-lane closure along the burn area for fire personnel safety.
A portion of the Valley Loop Trail will close, from the Four Mile Trailhead intersection to the bike path intersection behind the Yosemite Chapel.
Check here for current conditions in Yosemite National Park including road and trail closures.
Prescribed fire reduces hazardous vegetation build-up, encourages black oak regeneration, expands meadowlands, improves wildlife habitat, and enhances cultural landscapes.
Smoke will be visible in some parts of the Valley during and after burning operations. Air quality information can be found online at https://fire.airnow.gov/