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August 8, 2018 - Wednesday Operations Map of the Ferguson Fire in Mariposa County near Yosemite National Park.


Tuesday Evening Information

Engines: 202 Water Tenders: 18 Helicopters: 14 Crews: 39 Dozers: 33 Masticators: 5 Total Personnel: 2,357

94,992 Acres with 43% Containment

August 7, 2018 - Significate milestones have been accomplished by firefighters along the northern perimeter of the fire. Tioga Road and Big Oak Flat Road west of Crane Flat (continuation of Highway 120 through the park) opened today. Travelers are advised to use caution while driving, conditions remain smoky. Containment of the fire perimeter from the Merced Grove west along Old Yosemite Road to Pilot Peak and through Anderson Valley was a key piece in opening of Highway 120. Firefighters constructed line around a small spot fire outside of the fire perimeter near the Merced Grove, today. Night crews will monitor the spot fire through the night. Spot fires remain a concern, however firefighters have been able to contain the spot fires detected. 

Moderate fire behavior has allowed firefighters the opportunity to complete direct hand line in the Crane Creek drainage above El Portal. Direct hand line, or line directly on the fire’s edge, is only possible when the fire behavior is moderate and spotting potential is low. A combination of hand line and dozer line, has been constructed around the community of Foresta and firefighters have been successful in protecting all the structures in the community. 

Fire is affecting three major roads leading into Yosemite Valley; Big Oak Flats Road, El Portal Road and Wawona Road. Securing the fire at Cascade Falls area is critical to prevent the movement of fire into the Valley and spreading to the South Rim and North Rims of the Valley. The fire is burning in extremely steep terrain between the Big Oak Flats Road and El Portal Road moving toward the Cascade Falls picnic area. Firefighters have hose lays above the big tunnel on the Big Oak Flats Road and are attempting to pinch off the fire in this area.

The hottest and most active part of the fire continues to be between Wawona Road, Glacier Point Road and Chinquapin. The fire is burning into old fire scars. Reduction of fuel within these fire scars enable crews to work directly on the fire’s edge. A small spot fire was worked in front of the main fire and crews constructed hand line around the fire. Crews will continue to monitor that spot fire while working to contain the main fire. 

Yosemite West residents will be allowed to return to their homes this evening. Residents should expect delays due to hazards impacting the roadway such as falling trees and rock. When travelling between Wawona and Yosemite West expect delays as firefighters clear the road. Firefighters and utility crewmembers will continue to be working in the Yosemite West community. Hoses, pumps and sprinklers may still be in place in and around homes. 

Suppression repair efforts are underway on the southern and western portions of the fire. This may include using heavy equipment to build water bars, bring in berms and vegetation if available. Repairing dozer lines and hand lines is important in order to reduce erosion during future storms and to allow vegetation regrowth. This also helps the restore the habitat of the local flora and fauna within the next few years. Repairs also include protection of cultural/archaeological sites by reducing access to those sites.

Residents will continue to see smoke and multiple smoke columns within the interior of the fire. Air quality and health advisories are available at the Wildland Fire Air Quality Response Program for the Yosemite area and Southern Sierra area.

Stanislaus National Forest closure: Stanislaus National Forest officials closed several roads and trails on the Groveland Ranger District within the vicinity of the Ferguson Fire. The closure order spans from Ferguson Ridge in the south to Pilot Ridge in the north. The closure is expected to be in effect until Sept. 30.

Yosemite National Park closure: Yosemite Valley, Wawona Road, the Mariposa and Merced groves of giant sequoias, Hetch Hetchy, among other areas, are closed. The east side of the park remains open out of Lee Vining along the Tioga Pass Road. For more information, go to nps.gov/yose or call 209-372-0200.

Mandatory Evacuations: Areas that are currently under a mandatory evacuation include:

· Foresta

· Yosemite Valley

Road Closures:

· Foresta Road

· Highway 140 east from the entrance of Yosemite National Park

· Summit Road

· Yosemite Valley

Red Cross Shelter:

· New Life Christian Fellowship: 5089 Cole Road, Mariposa, CA 95338Red Cross Shelter is located at New Life Christian Fellowship, 5089 Cole Road, Mariposa, CA.

Animal Shelters:

  • Small animals: Central California Animal Disaster Team (CCADT) at 888-402-2238, ext. 700

  • Large animals: Mariposa Fairgrounds, 5007 Fairgrounds Road, Mariposa, CA 95338


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