Empire Fire

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Empire Fire

INCIDENT UPDATED 3 DAYS AGO

Approximate Location

37.644 latitude, -119.618 longitude

Incident Overview

Fire activity on the afternoon of August 8th

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Yosemite National Park fire and aviation crews have responded to multiple lightning-caused wildfires located within the park boundary.

Lightning-caused wildfires are a common occurrence. There have been a total of 10 lightning-caused wildfires since July 31, 2017. One fire currently in monitor status is the Empire Wildfire. Which is currently being managed for resource and protection objectives.

Monitoring a wildfire is a fire management tactic used by fire managers when strategizing an incident response, and contributing factors that help steer this decision-making process are often incident specific. Location, available resources, predicted weather, topography, air quality and predicted fire behavior are all factors that contribute to fire management decisions.


Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning/natural
Date of OriginTuesday August 01st, 2017 approx. 08:45 AM
Location1 Mile South of Bridalveil Campground in Yosemite's Wilderness
Incident CommanderStephen Grater ICT3
Incident DescriptionManagement

Current Situation

Total Personnel33
Size1,320 Acres
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

Trails are closed from Bridalveil Creek campground to the second junction with the Ostrander trail. Additionally, from Westfall Meadow to the Deer Camp junction, along Alder Creek remains closed. Signs are placed at the affected trails. There are no threats at this time to infrastructure at Bridalveil Campground and the remainder of hiking trails in the area remain open at this time.

Outlook

Planned Actions

Continue to hold and improve existing trails and lines.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours: The southwest side of the fire continues to work it's way south along Alder Creek Drainage.

24 hours: Crews are checking fire spread at Alder Creek

48 hours: Same

72 hours: Continue to improve contingency lines along Alder Creek Trail

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Little diurnal change in temperatures and humidities, winds will be light and terrain driven through this period.

Unit Information

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

Empire Fire Information
Email: yose_fire_info@nps.gov
Phone: 209-379-1493
Hours: Daily 9 a.m. - 5 p.m

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