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Yosemite Fires - Update #27 – September 30, 2011

The Tamarack fire is the most active of the lightning ignited fires. All others are being monitored, patrolled or are staffed. Warmer weather has settled into the region, with smoke becoming more visible. A cool weather front, with precipitation, is predicted for the weekend with possible thunderstorms.

Wilderness Fire Unit:
Smith (37 55.249 x 119 45.945; 6,300” el. Tuolumne Co. 9/14) It remains at approximately 23 acres. It is smoldering in down and dead logs and duff. Light smoke is visible in the afternoons. All trails through this area are closed: Cottonwood Creek, Smith Meadow, Smith Peak, and the Aspen Valley trails.

Tamarack (37 45.982 x 119 44.436; 7,700’el., Mariposa Co. 9/13). This is fire is at 531. Short range spotting and runs through vegetation was observed. Seventy-five % of the perimeter is active. The fire has shifted to the east and northeast following the terrain. It remains within .2 of a mile of the Tioga Rd. It is approximately 1 mile northeast of Tamarack campground, and near the footprint of the 1988 Walker fire. Fire crews are removing brush along the Tioga Road and are blacklining (burning out excess fuels) for visitor and firefighter safety and to keep the fire south of the road. Drivers are urged to use caution, and adhere to posted 25 mph speed limits, and traffic officer instructions when driving in the area of Gin Flat. The Tamarack Creek trail though the fire area is closed. Smoke is visible from many locations throughout the park, including the Tioga and Wawona Roads, Olmsted and Glacier Points and Sentinel Dome.

Frog (38 02.3 X 119 45.7; 7,000’ el., Tuolumne Co., 9/27). This lightning caused ignition was spotted by Pilot Peak Fire Lookout on September 25. Yosemite Crew 9 hiked into the area Monday and confirmed the fire. It is at 1.7 acres, now smoldering in red fir timber and brush. Light smoke is visible.

Hoffman fire: This fire has become more active with 3.6 acres having burned, and 30% of the perimeter is active. It is within 400’ of the Tioga Rd and is visible.

The 14 other lightning caused ignition fires are either out or inactive.

Bishop Creek Prescribed Fire: This project has been postponed one day for crews to continue preparing the project. The primary objective of this prescribed fire is Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) protection. The project is 5,224 acres and is broken into five segments. The 1400 acre Segment A will be the first portion treated. More information about this project will be available on the separate Bishop Creek Prescribed Fire Information update.

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