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Empire Fire

Unit Information

Yosemite National Park
National Park Service
P.O. Box 577 Yosemite CA 95389 California
Yosemite National Park, CA 95389

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Most active part of the fire is burning through the 2004 Meadow FireImage options: [ Full Size ]

Due to a very dry air mass over Yosemite during mid October, fire activity has increased on the NE portion of the Empire fire. Active fire and smoke can be seen from Glacier Point Road. Additional smoke production combined with stable air mass will impact Yosemite Valley during the early morning hours. Normal daytime heating will help clear smoke impacts starting around noon each day.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginTuesday August 01st, 2017 approx. 08:45 AM
LocationThis fire is located east of Mono Meadows and south of Glacier Point Road.
Incident CommanderRussell Mitchell ICT4
Incident DescriptionResource And Protection Objectives
Coordinates37.644 latitude, -119.618 longitude

Current Situation

Size8,094 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Fuels Involved

Red Fir Timber (Litter and Understory), Dormant Brush, Hardwood Slash

Pockets of green leaf manzanita and chinquapin brush as well as heavy dead and down material

Significant Events

The following trail and area closures are in place until further notice:

• Bridalveil Campground

• Ostrander Trail

• Bridalveil Trail

• Alder Creek Trail

• Mono Meadow Trail

• Turner Meadow Trail

All closed trailheads and junctions will be posted with a trail closure order and map.



All YNP fire restrictions will be lifted as of 11/28/2017

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Rain and snow received over most of the fire on 11/26/2017