The Lukens Fire is one of multiple fires burning in Yosemite National Park. These fires began as a result of thunderstorm and lightning activity that moved through the park in late June 2021. This fire is being managed based on its location, potential impacts, and other key factors. Many of the fires are burning in high elevation wilderness areas, ranging from 7,000 to 9,700 feet.
The Lukens Fire, located north of the Tioga Road and east of White Wolf Lodge and Campground, is currently 466 acres. Hand crews limbed up trees and piled branches along the Tioga Road earlier in the week in preparation for burning from the roadway to the fire's southern edge on Thursday, July 15. The fire is also adjacent to an area that burned last year during the Wolf Fire.
The reduction of fuel in this area will allow park fire staff to manage more fires in this lightning-prone area and offer protection to the White Wolf complex and future fire impacts to the Tioga Road.
This will be visible from numerous vantage points throughout the park, including high country viewpoints along Tioga Road. Travelers in the White Wolf area may see equipment and fire personnel working near the road from the White Wolf area to McSwain Summit. Visitors may encounter smoke along the road from White Wolf to McSwain summit. Anyone hiking in the fire area should remain on the designated trail and avoid walking though burned areas where hazards such as ash pits, weakened trees, and stump holes are likely present.
Visitors may also see hazy skies when taking in views to the south of the Tioga Road as a result of fire activity outside of the park.
Yosemite National Park is a fire-adapted ecosystem. The strategy for all fires is to provide for the safety of employees and the public and protect natural and cultural resources. Currently, there are no threats to infrastructure.
|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Wednesday July 28th, 2021 approx. 05:00 PM|
|Location||Southwest side of Lukens Lake, near White Wolf.|
|Coordinates||37.851 latitude, -119.618 longitude|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||50%|