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Wolf 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
Email: yose_fire_info@nps.gov
Phone: 209-375-9517
Hours: M-F 9 am to 5 pm.

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Wolf 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 Wolf Fire was ignited by lightning on August 11. It is located within Wilderness 1 mile north of White Wolf Campground and 2 miles west of Lukens Lake Trail on the north side of Tioga Road at 9,000 feet in elevation.

The fire has a 30% active perimeter, burning primarily on the southeastern edge. Fire is creeping, smoldering and backing 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 along the active perimeter. The Wolf Fire is being managed under a confine and contain suppression strategy utilizing Minimum Impact Suppression Techniques (MIST) within fire adapted Wilderness. 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. Wildland Fire Use Module will be staffing with the primary objectives of patrolling and accurate mapping.

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

Smoke is dispersing to the north northeast and settling locally at night in the fire area.  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
CauseLightning
Date of OriginTuesday August 11th, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
LocationThe Wolf fire is burning within Wilderness on the north side of Tioga Road, north of White Wolf campground and west of Lukens Lake trail at 9,000 feet in elevation.
Incident CommanderType 4 Incident Organization(under Blue Jay)
Incident Description
Coordinates37.881 latitude, -119.643 longitude

Current Situation

Size2,040 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained30%
Fuels Involved

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

Significant Events

The fire has a 30% active perimeter, mainly on the south and southeast flank.

Fire is creeping, smoldering and backing 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 along the active perimeter. Light smoke is rising to tree height and dispersing to the east.

Outlook

Planned Actions

The strategy for this fire is a confine and contain suppression strategy.

Firefighters are continuing to monitor, assess, map, and prepare trail for growth. Firefighters are assessing fire weather behavior and scouting for opportunities to black line as needed and bring the fires edge to natural barriers.

Wildland Fire Use Module will be staffing with primary objectives of patrolling and accurate mapping.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Smoke from the Creek Fire may continue to impact the area and reduce visibility. Warmer and drier conditions will persist.