Sierra National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Clovis, CA 93611
FERGUSON FIRE FINAL UPDATE
August 19 2018 / 7 AM Update
Ferguson Fire Info and Media Line: (530) 377-6424
Incident Start Date: 7/13/2018 Cause: Under Investigation Size: 96,901 acres Containment: 100%
Incident Type: Full Suppression Vegetation Type: Brush and Timber
Unified Command Agencies: U.S Forest Service, National Park Service
Resources Assigned: Engines: 41 Water Tenders: 18 Helicopters: 1 Crews: 7 Dozers: 10 Masticators: 3
Total Personnel: 881
The Ferguson fire is now 100 percent contained and while we have reached a significant milestone there is still more work to be done. Firefighters will continue to patrol, mop-up and repair firelines. During the heat of the day, some interior islands of unburned vegetation will continue to ignite, but they are not a threat to containment lines. Resources continue to assess and remove hazard trees along roads, especially on the Wawona Road between Chinquapin and Tunnel View. The Wawona Road is expected to open on Friday, August 24, at 8am. This will be the final update, unless significant activity occurs.
Burned Area Recovery:
There are three phases of recovery following wildfires: Fire Suppression Repair, Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) and Long-Term Recovery and Restoration. The Fire Suppression repair is currently ongoing with the repair of hand and dozer fire lines, roads, trails and safety zones used during fire suppression efforts. The BAER team is on site doing an assessment of burned areas in order to identify imminent post-wildfire threats to human life and safety, property, and critical natural or cultural resources on public lands. Based on the assessment, corrective actions are proposed to protect fire damaged areas. The final phase of recovery is Long-Term Recovery and Restoration which utilizes non-emergency actions to improve fire-damaged lands that are unlikely to recover naturally.
Smoke Conditions: Air quality in surrounding communities and Yosemite Village has been good to moderate for the past three days and is expected to continue unless impacted by other wildfires burning in the area. More detailed information can be found at tools.airfire.org/outlooks/YosemiteArea.
Visitors to the area should be mindful of posted speed limits when driving and watch out for firefighters, equipment, and road construction delays. For information regarding Yosemite Park call (209) 372-0200 or visit the Yosemite National Park website https://www.nps.gov/yose for current park conditions. To determine how smoke is affecting visual quality in Yosemite, visit the following link to view several webcams that provide panoramic views of the park. https://www.yosemiteconservancy.org/webcams.
Road/Trail Closures and Restrictions:
Yosemite National Park: Stage II Fire Restrictions are in effect. https://www.nps.gov/yose
U.S. Forest Service: A closure order is in effect for Groveland Ranger District near the Ferguson Fire on the Stanislaus National Forest. Areas of the Sierra National Forest affected by the Ferguson fire are also closed. The closure order can be found at the Sierra National Forest website.
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