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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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11.11.2020 Snow and smoke northwest edge Blue JayImage options: [ Full Size ]

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Blue Jay Fire Web Map

National Air Quality Fire Web Page

11.12.2020: Yosemite National Park is experiencing winter weather conditions.  Tioga Road and Glacier Point Road are currently closed.  For road conditions, call 209-372-0200, press 1, then 1.

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 located primarily in Wilderness on the south side of Tioga Road at 9,000 feet in elevation.  Lightning caused wildfires are a natural part of the Yosemite National Park Wilderness.

Minimal smoke may be visible from Tioga Road, Glacier Point, and high-country vistas.  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 in 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.
Coordinates37.812 latitude, -119.646 longitude

Current Situation

Size6,922 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Fuels Involved

Timber Litter, Dead and Down

Significant Events

Fire behavior is minimal. Fire is smoldering in interior pockets and along the northern edge. 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.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Winter conditions and precipitation may reduce fire activity. Smoke may be visible from high country vistas, including Tioga Road.