South Fork Fire

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South Fork Fire


Approximate Location

37.538 latitude, -119.598 longitude

Incident Overview

View looking across Wawona Point towards the South Fork fire. October 6th

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Fire remains quiet near the community of Wawona on the west and south flank of the fire. Sections of the north flank and the entire east flank are continuing to burn in the wilderness. Fire activity has been minimal this week.

There still may be some burning well interior and visible smoke with increased winds. The fire will be monitored by aircraft and fire lookouts. As fire burns into the high country wilderness it will burn actively through pockets of dense vegetation but will then slow down as it progresses into sparse vegetation and natural granite barriers limiting smoke production. This high country wilderness area has minimal values at risk.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginSunday August 13th, 2017 approx. 02:30 AM
Location.75 mile east of the community of Wawona
Incident CommanderRussell Mitchell, ICT4
Incident DescriptionSupression

Current Situation

Size7,000 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained85%
Fuels Involved

Timber (Litter and Understory) Brush (2 feet)

Fuels with-in the fire vicinity are mixed conifer, red fir, oak, and brush. In the immediate area the fire is experiencing quick drying trends. Fuels contain areas of beetle mortality.

Significant Events

All fire related trail closures have been lifted for the Wawona area.


Planned Actions

Continue to patrol control lines and monitor fire movement and behavior.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours: Fire is now unstaffed. Recon and patrol by air. Low to moderate spread potential on the east

side of the fire.

24-72: Same as 12


Local resources are assigned to both the Empire and South Fork fires. These resources are primarily IA resources for Yosemite National Park and are secondarily supporting the Empire and South Fork operations when needed.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

A warming and drying trend will continue through Saturday under a building high pressure system. This will cause the fire to increase activity in heavy pockets of fuel which will produce more smoke and settle into Yosemite's Valleys and drainages at night and into the morning. Smoke will be present until the inversion layer breaks in the morning as temperatures increase.

This warming and drying trend will continue through Sunday and then bring cooler conditions to the district for the early part of next week. No precipitation is expected during this period.

Unit Information

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

Incident Contact

Yosemite Fire Information
Phone: 209-379-1493
Hours: message line

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