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El Portal

INCIDENT UPDATED 8/8/2014

Approximate Location

37.675 latitude, -119.783 longitude

Incident Overview

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August 8, 2014, 8:00 A.M.

Fire Start: July 26, 2014, 5:00 P.M.Location: Old El Portal and Foresta

Cause: Under investigation

Size: 4,689 acres

Percent Contained: 100%

Total Number of Personnel: 121

Costs to Date: $10.6 million

Containment date: 08/04/2014

Incident Commander: Dave Martin/Stanislaus National Forest Type 3 Incident Management Team

This is the final update on the El Portal fire. The incident will transition to a smaller local team of 36 personell at 06:00 Saturday morning August 9th. The Incident Command Post and fire camp at Drew Meadow will be disbanded and restored to pre fire camp condition.

All roads in Yosemite National Park are open.

Bridalveil Campground and Crane Flat Campground are open to the public. Yosemite Creek and Foresta Campgrounds are closed.

Visitors are reminded that the fire area is closed to the public.

Fire Summary: The fire is 100% contained. Crews will continue to mop up, secure, and rehabilitate the El Portal fire line.

The Burned Area Emergency Rehabilitation (BAER) Team is working in the fire area. The BAER Team’s primary function is to evaluate the burn area for short-term emergency rehabilitation needs. Areas that were damaged in the suppression effort are being repaired to help reduce soil erosion and visual impacts. These efforts include building water-bars, chipping large concentrations of slash from dozer line construction, pulling berms, and obscuring turnouts that were created by large equipment. Excess equipment, supplies, flagging, and garbage are also being removed.

Smoke issues on the El Portal Fire:

Smoke may continue to be visible. Individuals that are smoke sensitive or have a tendency to respiratory illnesses may be vulnerable to the adverse health effects of smoke. Please avoid prolonged or strenuous outdoor activity. You may consider leaving the area until smoke levels decline. Please consult your healthcare provider to discuss protective measures. For more information, visit one of the following websites:

For health effects of smoke: www.mariposacounty.org/index.aspx?NID=89

For Yosemite air quality: www.nps.gov/yose/naturescience/aqmonitoring.htm

For smoke updates: www.californiasmokeinfo.blogspot.com


Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseUnknown
Date of OriginSaturday July 26th, 2014 approx. 05:00 PM
LocationCommunities of El Portal, Foresta in Yosemite Park, and Stanislaus National Forest
Incident CommanderDave Martin(USFS)

Current Situation

Total Personnel122
Size4,689 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Estimated Containment DateMonday August 04th, 2014 approx. 10:00 PM
Fuels Involved

Chaparral (6 feet) brush, chaparral, grass, oak woodland at lower elevations. Timber (pine and cedar) at elevations above 4,500 feet.

Significant Events

No night operations due to the status of the fire and potential for thunderstorms early operational period.

Outlook

Planned Actions

Extinguish any hotspots observed and implement fireline suppression repair tactics according to establish guidelines.

Projected Incident Activity

Minimal interior burning only.

Remarks

Fire Suppression Repair operations have been implemented. Of the total current acreage, 3597 acres are U.S. Forest Service DPA and 1092 acres are National Parks Service DPA. A Stanislaus N.F. Type 3 organization will assume command this morning at 0600.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Warmer and dryer weather has moved into the area.

Unit Information

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Yosemite National Park
National Park Service

Incident Contacts

El Portal Fire Information Call Center
Phone: 209-372-0327
Hours: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
El Portal Fire Information Call Center
Phone: 209-372-0328
Hours: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
El Porrtal Fire Information Call Center
Phone: 209-372-0329
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