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Wolf Fire Near Morrison Creek. Photo Courtesy of NPS 11.01.20

Yosemite Wilderness Updates

Nov 6, 2020 – Yosemite National Park is managing four wilderness fires burning in fire adapted ecosystems. There are trail closures in effect so if you are planning on hiking in Yosemite be sure to check for closures here: Wilderness Conditions

All fires may be visible from Tioga Road (Highway 120 through Yosemite National Park), Glacier Point, and high country vistas.

Overall, smoke production is minimal, with columns rising around 1,000 feet from the ground and dispersing northeast. Smoke may be light grey in color.

Park managers are working with local air quality districts to monitor smoke impacts in the park and local communities.

Road closures may be in effect this weekend due to winter weather conditions. For road conditions, call 209-372-0200, press 1, then 1.

Blue Jay Fire

Location: Yosemite Creek drainage south of the 10 Lakes trail at 9,000 feet elevation.

Discovery Date: July 24, 2020                                          

Size: 6,922 acres                                                                    

Containment: 50%                                                              

Strategy: Confine and Contain                                 

Cause: Lightning

Fire behavior is minimal with a low rate of spread. Primary activity is on the northern flank adjacent to the Yosemite Creek Drainage, northeast of Lukens Lake, and in green pockets inside the perimeter. Fire is smoldering in interior pockets, and creeping through ground litter and pockets of accumulated dead and down logs, with some isolated single tree torching. There may be impacts to Tioga Road (Highway 120 through Yosemite National Park).

inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6888/

Wolf Fire

Location: North of White Wolf Campground and west of Lukens Lake Trail at 9,000 feet elevation.

Discovery Date: August 11, 2020                                   

Size: 2,057 acres                                                                      

Containment: 30%                                                               

Strategy: Confine and Contain                                 

Cause: Lightning

Fire behavior is minimal with a low rate of spread. Primary activity is in the northwest corner and in the Morrison Creek area. The fire is smoldering and creeping in dense pockets of vegetation and accumulated dead and down logs, with some isolated single tree torching and spotting. Currently, there is no apparent threat to White Wolf.

inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7134/

North Whizz Dome Fire

Location: South of Cathedral Creek and 1 mile northwest of Tioga Road at 8,400 feet elevation.

Discovery Date: August 27, 2020                                    

Size: 165 acres                                                          

Containment: 50%                                                                 

Strategy: Monitor                                        

Cause: Lightning

The fire has shown minimal activity and a slow rate of spread. The fire is creeping and smoldering through ground litter and in pockets of accumulated dead and down logs. Fire personnel will continue to monitor fire behavior and growth. Smoke may be visible from Tioga Road.

inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7135/

 Horse Fire

Location: Horse Ridge, 1 mile southeast of Ostrander Lake at 9,500 feet elevation.

Discovery Date: August 24, 2020                                    

Size: 30 acres                                                          

Containment: 60%                                                                  

Strategy: Monitor                                        

Cause: Lightning

The fire has shown minimal activity. The fire is creeping and smoldering in pockets of compact high elevation fuels in rocky terrain within the perimeter. There are no threats to trails or infrastructure. Fire personnel will continue to monitor fire behavior and growth. Smoke may be visible from Washburn Point.

https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7149/

These updates occur weekly unless significant activity occurs. For the most up-to-date fire information go to: Inciweb

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