Fire activity was moderate yesterday. Crews started burning operation at the NE corner along Glacier Point Rd to secure Glacier Point Rd. Crews will continue burning today 9/20 to finish securing the NE side and Glacier Point Road. Smoke columns will be present and may been seen from other areas of the park.
Glacier Point Road is open. Please exercise caution and drive carefully as there may be heavy smoke impairing visibility from the Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Park to the Sentinel Dome trail head parking area. No stopping will be permitted along this section of Glacier Point Road to ensure safety for both visitors and fire fighters. Traffic may be one lane at times.
Fire crews are implementing a perimeter control strategy for the north, west, and southern flanks of the fire to protect Bridalveil Campground, Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area, Yosemite West subdivision, Wawona Road (Highway 41), and Glacier Point road. Today crews will be monitoring fire activity along Glacier Point road on the north flank of the fire near Mono Meadow. The west and south flanks of the fire are contained, holding, and will continue to be monitored by aircraft and fire personnel. Areas of new smoke may be seen as the fire cleans up areas of interior unburned fuel. The east flank is being allowed to move towards the Illilouette Basin to enhance forest resiliency in a fire adapted ecosystem. Yosemite National Park has managed fire in this wilderness area for decades. This area is very steep and rugged, with numerous natural barriers and minimal values at risk.
|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Tuesday August 01st, 2017 approx. 08:45 AM|
|Location||1 Mile east of Badger Pass Ski Area, directly adjacent to Bridalveil Crk. Campground n Yosemite's Wilderness|
|Incident Commander||Greg Jones, ICT3|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||55%|
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
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.
Crews on 9/19 started burning on NE corner to bring fire down GP Road to secure the road. This will continue on 9/20.Continue to patrol and hold the south flank. Continue to monitor and collect intel on the east side of fire.
|Projected Incident Activity|
Secure burn out operations of the northeast corner of the fire. Fire continues to move to the east into the wilderness. Aerial recon to ensure control lines are holding.
Same as 12 hour time frame.
Helicopter 551, Engine 32 and Engine 33 are listed as assigned to the Empire-South Fork fires. These resources are primarily IA resources for Yosemite National Park and are secondarily supporting the Empire-South Fork operations when needed.
Weather has moderated with lower temperature and higher relative humidity.