The most activity yesterday was on the east flank burning into the wilderness backing through scattered pockets of dense fuel, towards Johnson Creek. Glacier Point Road is scheduled to reopen today, Tuesday, September 5, 2017, if favorable conditions continue. The fire will continue to be monitored. It started during an afternoon thunderstorm on June 15th. Yosemite National Park fire managers are planning to continue ignitions of the Mariposa Grove prescribed fire on Wednesday October 12, 2016, resource availability, weather, and air quality permitting.
The most activity was on the north east section near Glacier Point Road. Bridalveil Campground will remain closed. Park fire resources for the season include: fire management officials, four Type 3 wildland engines, one helicopter, and one hand crew. He says they'll try again Monday. . The Meadow Fire, located east of Half Dome and near Little Yosemite Valley, is currently at 4,906 acres and is 23% contained. Ignition of the prescribed fire is dependent on weather and moisture levels.
Wildfires when caused by lightning are a natural phenomenon on the landscape. At 9 pm, operations were shut down due to mixed rain and snow. The east flank showed increased activity yesterday with some spotting on the northeast near Ostrander Ski Trail. The fire is approximately 2,582 acres. As wildfires burn throughout the state, another notable fire is the Ferguson Fire which has prompted to close large parts of Yosemite National Park. Fire managers have already successfully completed 75 acres of ignitions, out of the 137 acre total project.
There has been one minor injury. Firefighters and fire engines will be patrolling Hwy 140, watching for rolling material and hotspots. McLean noted that progress in containing the perimeter of a blaze does not mean the danger has passed. The national weather service is predicting continued drier and warm conditions. Bridalveil Campground will remain closed. Fire managers are working with the local Air Quality Pollution Districts and will be monitoring smoke impacts to the park and local communities.
Yesterday the fire was most active on the north and north east flanks. Camp Mather, the San Francisco-owned family camp near the northwestern corner of Yosemite, remained open. The fire is burning in very rough terrain, with very hot conditions, and limited access, requiring significant air support. Showers and thunderstorms are possible this afternoon with a slight increase in temperatures and lower relative humidities. Heilemann Now, forests all over California and the West are unnaturally thick, as the warming climate increases fire risk. The fire is currently 1200 acres and projected fire growth is expected in the northeast and southeast flanks.
Today crews will continue burning operations above Wawona from the fireline to the South Fork of the Merced. The mandatory evacuation of Wawona has been lifted for residents only on the west side of Chilnualna Creek starting today at 7:00 am. The most activity yesterday was on the east flank burning into the wilderness through scattered pockets of dense fuel and the south flank backing into the South Fork of the Merced. There may be an additional prescribed fire in the Mariposa Grove in the upcoming weeks. Officials will be giving an operational briefing highlighting the current actions that firefighters are taking on the fire. The remote Wheel Fire, near Glen Aulin will be looked over by helicopter flights, although no smoke has been reported in a number of days from this fire.
There is a combination of hand and dozer line around the north end of the fire; firefighters are improving the line while mop-up actions continue. An estimated 7 to 10 days of active burn down is anticipated. They are all within the perimeter and firefighters are now in the mop-up phase. These kinds of fires can take days or weeks to detect because vegetation has to dry out enough to create smoke or visible flames after the storm passes over. The closure is expected to last until Sunday. Currently no roads are closed within the park. The amount of acres to be treated will be based on air quality on the day of planned ignition.
Precipitation associated with the recent lightning caused fires has put some out. Also, Glacier Point Road will close at 10 p. It is currently reported at 1,001 acres. Burn conditions were good leading up to the weather event. The fire started last Friday in the area of Savage Trading Post, on Highway 140 near the community of Incline. Fire remains quiet near the community of Wawona on the west and south flank of the fire.
An aerial flight was performed on September 10, 2016 and the fire was reported to be 755 acres in size. Lightning caused fires can take days or weeks to detect because vegetation has to dry out enough to create smoke or visible flames after the storm passes over. A noon closure will be imposed on a portion of Highway 41 from Wawona to the tunnel entry into Yosemite Valley, according to Yosemite National Park Superintendent Michael Reynolds. The Mariposa Grove prescription fire successfully treated approximately 100 acres within the historic sequoia grove. Friday night in Mariposa County, near the west end of Yosemite National Park and the Sierra National Forest. Fire activity was moderate yesterday.