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.
|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Sunday August 13th, 2017 approx. 02:30 AM|
|Location||.75 mile east of the community of Wawona|
|Incident Commander||Russell Mitchell, ICT4|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||85%|
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.
All fire related trail closures have been lifted for the Wawona area.
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.
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.