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Blue Jay Fire

Unit Information

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

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Yosemite Fire Information
Phone: 209-375-9517
Hours: M-F 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Blue Jay Fire Web Map

National Air Quality Fire Web Page

10.20.2020: Multiple trail closures are in effect.  Please refer to "Fire Safety Closure Version 6"  in the "Maps" tab.

Closed trails include:

-Trails from White Wolf to Harden Lake, Lukens Lake, Ten Lakes, Grant Lake, and the Pate Valley Trail

-Trail from Lukens Lake to Yosemite Creek Campground

-Yosemite Creek Campground trails from Tioga Road to the north rim of Yosemite Valley

-The trail from Tioga Road to Ten Lakes Pass and Grant Lakes.

Trail closure signs will be placed at trailheads and intersections. For Wilderness permit questions, call Wilderness public information line at 209-372-0826.

The Blue Jay Fire was ignited by lightning July 24. The fire started approximately 4 miles south of White Wolf campground, and is burning primarily in Wilderness on the south side of Tioga Road at 9,000 feet in elevation. The fire is creeping and smoldering through ground litter on the forest floor and in pockets of accumulated dead and down logs with some isolated single tree torching and short range spotting in active areas.   Lightning cause wildfires are a natural part of the Yosemite National Park Wilderness. Fire managers work to restore healthy forests and reduce the threat of extensive, severe fire by allowing some lightning-ignited wildfires to burn under moderate conditions.

The Blue Jay Fire is being managed with a confine and contain suppression strategy utilizing Minimum Impact Suppression Techniques (MIST) within fire adapted Wilderness. Geographical containment objectives are holding.

The fire is visible from Tioga Road, Glacier Point, and high-country vistas.

Smoke is dispersing to the north and northeast and settling locally at night.  Park managers are working with the local Air Quality Districts and will be monitoring smoke impacts to the park and local communities.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginFriday July 24th, 2020 approx. 06:00 PM
LocationThe fire is located within Wilderness in the Yosemite Creek drainage south of 10 Lakes trail and burning on both sides of the Tioga Road at 9,000 feet in elevation.
Incident CommanderType 4 Incident Organization
Coordinates37.812 latitude, -119.646 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel18
Size6,915 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained50%
Fuels Involved

Timber Litter, Dead and Down, Lodgepole and Red Fir overstory

Significant Events

The fire has a 40% active perimeter. Burning primarily in the north , smoke is dispersing to the east. Fire is creeping and smoldering through compact litter and duff, heavy fuels on the forest floor, and in pockets of accumulated dead and down logs, with some isolated single tree torching and short range spotting along the active perimeter. Smoke is rising to tree height and dispersing.


Planned Actions

The strategy for this fire is a confine and contain suppression strategy utilizing natural features for containment, allowing natural growth and behavior.

Firefighters are continuing to monitor fire weather behavior and scouting for opportunities to black line as needed and bring the fires edge to natural barriers.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Smoke from the Creek Fire may continue to impact the area and reduce visibility. Warmer and drier conditions ahead for the week.