August 11, 2017 -  Yosemite National Park has updated the fire information in the park.

Fire Update Aug 10, 2017
yosemite empire fire 1 credit nps
(Left) Empire Fire - Credit: NPS

Empire

Discovered: 8/1/17      
Location: N 37° 38.673' x W 119° 37.096' at roughly 7300 feet elevation
Size: 650 acres           
Cause: Lightning         
Spread Potential: Moderate
Fuels: Red Fir Strategy: Monitor        
County: Mariposa

Knob 91
Discovered: 8/4/17     
Location: Location: N 37° 52.185' x W 119° 35.217', 2 miles North East of Lukens Lake on a ridgetop
Size: Less than one quarter acre                   
Cause: Lightning                     
Spread Potential: Low
Fuels: Timber litter                  
Strategy: Monitor        
County: Mariposa


Yosemite Creek
Discovered: 8/3/17      
Location: N 37° 50.414' x W 119° 38.088' at roughly 7,970 feet elevation
Size: less than one quarter acre                    
Cause: Lightning                     
Spread Potential: Moderate
Fuels: Red fir     
Strategy: Monitor                 
County: Mariposa


Blue
Discovered: 8/2/17      
Location: In the Blue Jay Creek drainage at roughly 8,715 feet elevation
Size: less than one quarter acre                    
Cause: Lightning                     
Spread Potential: Low
Fuels: Mountain hemlock/Jeffrey Pine   
Strategy: Monitor    
County: Tuolumne


Jay
Discovered: 8/2/17      
Location: In the Blue Jay Creek drainage at roughly 8653 feet elevation
Size: less than one quarter acre                    
Cause: Lightning                     
Spread Potential: Low
Fuels: Mountain Hemlock/Jeffrey Pine          
Strategy: Monitor        
County: Tuolumne

Porcupine
Discovered: 8/2/17      
Location: N 37° 49.336' x W 119° 34.720' at roughly 8154 feet elevation just off Tioga road near Yosemite Creek Campground road
Size: less than one quarter acre                    
Cause: Lightning                     
Spread Potential: Low
Fuels: Lodgepole/Red Fire     
Strategy: Monitor        
County: Mariposa
 

Starr King
Discovered: 8/2/17      
Location: N 37° 42.965' x W 119° 29.588' at roughly 7800 feet elevation
Size: less than one quarter acre        
Cause: Lightning         
Spread Potential: Moderate
Fuels: Red Fire/ Lodgepole   
Strategy: Monitor, no threat to Little Yosemite Valley
County: Mariposa  


Fire and smoke are as much a part of the Yosemite ecosystem as water and ice. Every year, thousands of lightning strikes occur within park boundaries, igniting vegetation made tinder-dry by Yosemite’s long, hot summers. Inevitably, some of these strikes cause fires, which in turn emit smoke. Yosemite’s fire managers strive to protect the quality and clarity of the air that park visitors breathe. Fire and smoke cannot be eliminated in Yosemite, only managed to minimize health impacts due to smoke while preserving the fragile ecology that keeps vegetation sparse enough to prevent much larger fires. More than 30 years of fire ecology have taught fire managers that suppressing all fires only delays the inevitable, making the results more intense than they otherwise would have been. Just as dam operators must let some water spill through their dams in order to prevent floods, fire managers must let some fire and smoke occur to keep the larger conflagrations at bay, especially in the mid-elevation mixed confer forests where a “flood” of accumulated biomass threatens to be released by catastrophic fire. Overall, Yosemite’s fire management program minimizes the health impacts from the region’s inevitable fires while maximizing the resource benefits that result from those fires. 


For additional Information:



Air Quality: https://www.nps.gov/y ose/learn/nature/aqmonitoring. htm  (M. Roubal)


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