empire fire map 09082017


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

September 12, 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: 9:15 A.M.  6,840 Acres with 47% Containment
Current as of 9/12/2017, 9:15:48 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning
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
Incident Description Supression

Current Situation

Size 6,840 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 South Fork fire will be monitored by air, and from lookouts near the fire.

Projected Incident Activity 12 hours:

Fire is actively backing and flanking to the east.

24 hours:

Fire is actively backing and flanking to the east.

48 hours:

Weather forecast is for lower temperatures and higher relative humidity which should moderate fire behavior.

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 in relative humidity values will be present through the end of the week.