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Washburn Fire

Unit Information

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

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Incident Contact

Yosemite Fire Information
Email: yose_fire_info@nps.gov
Phone: 209-379-1493
Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Highlighted Activity

07/30/2022 Washburn Fire Daily Update for July 30, 2022
   Today will be the last Daily Update for the Washburn Fire, unless significant fire activity occurs.   Washburn Fire Update- Mostly sunny skies and less smoke from the Oak fire allowed..
News - 07/30/2022
Public Information Map July 30, 2022 that shows fire perimeter and other geographic information.Image options: [ Full Size ]

The map for the Washburn Fire incident also shows the perimeter for the Oak Fire. The Oak Fire  is a separate incident to the west of the Washburn Fire. For more information on the Oak Fire, please visit: https://www.fire.ca.gov/incidents/2022/7/22/oak-fire/.

Location: Yosemite National Park, Mariposa Grove

Percent Contained: 100%
Start Date:
 July 7, 2022                                                                      
Cause: Human Caused/Under Investigation 
Size: 4,886 acres                                                                                    
Fire Information: Office Hours: 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM               
Phone:
 209-379-1493 
Email: yose_fire_info@nps.gov                                             

Air Quality- For information, visit: fire.airnow.gov/.

Wawona Reopen - Wawona town, Wawona Hotel, and surrounding trails are open. The Mariposa Grove has reopened. The Wawona Campground remains closed until further notice.  At this time, there is not an estimated opening date. All other areas of Yosemite are open, although a reservation is required to drive into the park if arriving between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m. 

Tip Line: If you were near the Mariposa Grove on July 7, 2022, please contact NPS Investigative Services Branch (ISB).     Call/Text: (888) 653-0009               Email: nps_isb@nps.gov           Online: www.nps.gov/orgs/1563/submit-a-tip.htm

History and Ecology of Mariposa Grove / Giant Sequoias: Located in the southern portion of Yosemite, the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias is the largest sequoia grove in Yosemite and is home to over 500 mature giant sequoias. The national park idea is rooted in the Mariposa Grove. In 1864 President Lincoln signed legislation protecting the Mariposa Grove and Yosemite Valley for "public use, resort, and recreation."  For the first time in our nation's history, the federal government set aside scenic natural areas to be protected for the benefit of future generations. Later added to Yosemite National Park in 1906, the Mariposa Grove is a popular destination within the park.  For more information, please visit the Yosemite National Park's Mariposa Grove Webpage The giant sequoias of the Mariposa Grove have avoided serious damage from the Washburn Fire. Most of these trees are over 2000 years old and have experienced fire many times throughout their lives.  Fire Ecology of Yosemite National Park.  Sequoias trees, forest condition and resource protection efforts.

Aviation / Drone Restrictions:  The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) and any private aircraft or drone that violates the TFR could face serious criminal charges. For more information on drones the public can visit theFAA’s website at www.KnowBeforeYouFly.org. “If you fly, we can’t!”
 
Recycling- 
Recycling contractors have been busy doing their job on the Washburn Fire.  Part of a Forest Service Initiative called Project Green which began in 2020, recycling removes thousands of pounds of recyclable material out of the waste each day.  Interested?  Read more about Project Green on the Washburn Fire.   Total of Products Recycled on the Washburn Fire

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseHuman Caused/under Investigation
LocationMariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias
Incident CommanderNPS
Incident DescriptionFull Suppression
Coordinates37.499 latitude, -119.614 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel35
Size4,886 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Fuels Involved

Very heavy accumulations of available dead surface fuels with ample snags, downed logs, and fuel concentrations in an old growth forest landscape. Representative fuels include multi-species conifer timber with an understory of young conifer and shrubs. Very deep duff and accumulation of timber litter (branchwood and needles) dominate the forest floor. Recent large fire scars in the area include woody fuels and recent shrub growth. Live fuels (shrubs/brush) are seasonally moist and are providing limited intensity and spread.

Significant Events

Aggressive suppression tactics and strategies have mitigated and reduced fire behavior in all areas of the fire.

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