empire fire map 09082017


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Click here for Friday's information on the South Fork Fire in Yosemite National Park

September 9, 2017 - 
The South Fork fire is burning one mile east of the community of Wawona upstream of Swinging Bridge in the South Fork of the Merced River drainage


Update: 6:11 A.M.  6,690 Acres with 47% Containment

Current as of 9/9/2017, 6:11:07 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Unknown
Date of Origin Sunday August 13th, 2017 approx. 02:30 AM
Location .75 mile east of the community of Wawona
Incident Commander Eric Messenger ICT3 Joe Suarez ICT3 (t)
Incident Description Supression

Current Situation

Total Personnel 30
Size 6,690 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 47%
Fuels Involved Timber (Litter and Understory) Brush (2 feet)

Fuels with-in the fire vicinity are mixed conifer, red fir, oak, and brush. In the immediate area the fire is experiencing quick drying trends. Fuels contain areas of beetle mortality.

Significant Events The following trail and area closures are in place until further notice:

•The Swinging Bridge Trail on both the north and south sides of the South Fork of the Merced River.

•The Chilnualna Falls Trail from Wawona Trailhead to the top of Chilnualna Falls.

•The two mile connecting trail heading north from the top of Chilnualna Falls to the intersection of the Buena Vista Trail.

•The Chilnualna Creek Trail from the top of Chilnualna Falls east to the intersection of the Buena Vista and Buck Camp trails (Just east of Johnson Lake).

•Turner Meadow Trail

•Turner Meadow intersection east to Buena Vista trail

•Off-trail areas in the vicinity of the South Fork Fire Area, including the swimming holes north of Chilnualna Creek.

• All climbing routes on and around Wawona Dome are closed.

Outlook

Planned Actions Direct suppression efforts and bucket work will continue for spot fires south of the South Fork of the Merced. Handcrews are utilizing handline and natural features to limit fire spread to the north and west.

Projected Incident Activity 12 hours:

Fire is actively backing and flanking on the eastern fire edge into the early evening and then will slow to creeping

fire spread around 2200. Crews in Div-J are holding and utilizing Chilnualna Creek to check fire spread to North.

24 hours:

Fire will be most active on the South and East flanks with some short range spotting and single tree/group tree

torching. Creeping and smoldering on the SE corner and fire is continuing to be monitored along the West flank.

48 hours:

Fire will continue to back and flank on the South and East flanks. Fire activity is expected to increase as the

weather gets hotter and drier.

72 hours:

Fire will continue to back and flank on the South and East flanks. Fire activity is expected to increase as the

weather gets hotter and drier.

Anticipated after 72 hours:

Fire will continue to back and flank on the South and East flanks.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns Hot dry weather conditions with terrain driven winds are predicted to continue.

Afternoon thunderstorms are predicted to continue for several days which

increases concerns for fire spotting due to erratic and gusty winds.