empire fire map 09082017

September 12, 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: 9:01 A.M.  6,000 Acres with 55% Containment

Current as of 9/12/2017, 9:01:05 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 43
Size 6,000 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 Burn out northeast corner of the fire. 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 intelligence on the east side of fire, by hiking to high points and recon with 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 An upper low off the coast will continue to provide a threat of showers and thunderstorms across much of central California through Tuesday. The thunderstorm threat will continue mainly over the Sierra Nevada into Wednesday. Otherwise a cooling trend and an increase inn relative humidity values will be present through the end of the week.