empire fire map 09082017

September 11, 2017 - The lightning caused Empire Fire in Yosemite National Park was discovered on August 1, 2017 about 1 mile east of Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area and 3/4 mile south of Glacier Point Road. The Empire Fire is burning in Red Fir.


Glacier Point Road now closed 9/8 at Chinquapin Hwy. 41 due to fire activity Unknown when it will re open.

Update: 7:13 A.M.  5,887 Acres with 55% Containment
Current as of 9/11/2017, 7:13:29 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning/natural
Date of Origin Tuesday August 01st, 2017 approx. 08:45 AM
Location 1 Mile east of Badger Pass Ski Area, directly adjacent to Bridalveil Crk. Campground n Yosemite's Wilderness
Incident Commander Eric Messenger, ICT3
Incident Description Management

Current Situation

Total Personnel 23
Size 5,887 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 55%
Fuels Involved Red Fir Timber (Litter and Understory), Dormant Brush, Hardwood Slash

Pockets of green leaf manzanita and chinquapin brush as well as heavy dead and down material

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

• Glacier Point Road

• Bridalveil Campground

• Ostrander Trail

• Bridalveil Trail

• Alder Creek Trail

• Mono Meadow Trail

• Turner Meadow Trail

All closed trailheads and junctions will be posted with a trail closure order and map.


Planned Actions Prep Glacier Point Road from the Ostrander Ski Trail east to Mono Meadow Trailhead and then tie into Mono Meadow. Continue to patrol and hold the south flank of the fire to ensure this critical section of the fire is secured. Hold the West side. Continue to monitor and collect intel on the east side of the fire, by hiking to high points and recon with the helicopter.

Remarks Helicopter 551, Engine 32 and Engine 33 are listed as assigned to the Empire-South Fork Fires. These resources are primarily IA resource for Yosemite National Park and are secondarily supporting the Empire-South Fork operations when needed.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns Weather has moderated with lower temperatures and higher relative humidity. Thunderstorms are sti