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Yosemite National Park Dog Rock Fire Information for Sunday, October 12, 2014




Highway 140 in Yosemite National Park Reopens on Sunday, October 12, 2014 at 8:00 A.M.




Highway 140 Into Yosemite National Park Is Now Open.

Update: 7:30 A.M.

311 acres, 95% Contained

ICT 1 (Team 3 Pincha-Tulley) in command.

No night shift.

Fire behavior is minimal with no heat or smoke detected at either direct line or natural barriers.

Crews will continue to mop up 200 feet into the black.

A transition meeting is scheduled for today at 0900 hrs. with transition at 1800 hrs.

Commitment of Forest Service air and ground resources.


Update 2:50 A.M.
Sunday Morning IAP Map



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Update: Saturday Evening 6:00 P.M.

311 acres, 75% Contained

  • 311 acres, 75% Contained
·        ICT 1 (Team 3 Pincha-Tulley) in command.

  • No night shift.
  • A transition meeting is scheduled for Sunday 0900 hrs. with transition at 1800 hrs.
  • Commitment of Forest Service air and ground resources
Update: Saturday Evening

Fire activity has decreased significantly and many of the hand crews and engine crews will be released from the fire over the next two days. Today firefighters will complete mop-up on the north side of the fire. As this work is completed they will begin removing hoses, cleaning up equipment and rehabilitating hand lines to reduce the possibility of erosion. Crews working along El Portal Road will be cleaning up brush and securing any remaining hotspots.

The Highway 140 entrance to the park will re-open tomorrow at 8:00 AM. Travelers should use extreme caution and expect delays when driving through the fire area. Fire crews will be working along the road and debris may still be rolling of the hillside.

Pacific Gas and Electric completed all repairs yesterday to the National Park Service power lines damaged from the fire.

There will be no night shift from this point forward.

A smaller Type 3 incident management team will be formed to take over management of the fire on Sunday evening. This team will shadow the Type 1 team in order to assure a smooth transition of command.

Beginning today there will only be a daily morning update unless significant activity occurs.

Although the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will continue their investigation, CAL FIRE issued a news release based on information provided by the NTSB stating that CAL FIRE air tankers can now resume aerial support of fire suppression.

As fire activity decreases, the size of the night shift decreases as well. Engines patrolled the El Portal Rd. and the northern portion of the fire last night.

Yosemite Park resource advisors are assigned to the fire to work with firefighters to assist them in protecting park resources and the firefighters themselves. The fire is burning in an area where bears are present so firefighters are instructed to be aware of bears and to keep all food and trash securely stored. Cultural and natural resources are always considered when planning and conducting fire suppression activities in order to protect them.

Yosemite fire investigators assisted by interagency cooperators determined the cause of the Dog Rock Fire. Based on their investigation it is believed that the fire was started by sparks generated by hot metal fragments from a vehicle. This could be the result of several things such as trailer safety chains dragging on the pavement, vehicle brake parts generating a spark or other sources.

Due to the extremely dry conditions in the park a single spark can start a wildland fire. Visitors can help reduce the likelihood of igniting a wildfire by assuring their vehicles are maintained and operated safely.

The park is open and campgrounds, hotels, and other visitor services are open and operating at normal hours. Except for the closure of State Highway 140 at El Portal all other park roads are open. Access to Yosemite is available via Wawona (Hwy 41) and Big Oak Flat Road (Hwy 120) and via Tioga Pass (Hwy 120). Visitors may see smoke in the immediate vicinity of the fire.

YARTS: Service is currently being affected by the Dog Rock Fire along Hwy 140 which is closed between El Portal and Yosemite Valley. Buses will not be making scheduled runs into Yosemite Valley until Hwy 140 reopens.

Road Closures: Highway 140 from Park Line near El Portal to the Big Oak Flat Road and El Portal Road Junction. The highway will open tomorrow at 8:00 AM.


It has been determined that the fire was started by sparks generated by hot metal fragments from a vehicle.

Dog Rock Fire Information Phone: 209.372.0327; 372.0328; 372.0329 (7:00 AM to 8:00 PM) These lines are staffed with fire information officers located in the park.

Current Conditions in Yosemite:http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/conditions.htm

Park Web Page: http://www.nps.gov/yose/blogs/fireinfo.htm

Yosemite Air Quality: http://www.nps.gov/yose/naturescience/aqmonitoring.htm

CAL FIRE information concerning the aircraft accident: Daniel Berlant – (916) 651.3473

California Interagency Incident Management Team 3 is in command of the fire. Assuring the safety of all the firefighters and the public remains the priority for all operations.


Basic Information

Current as of 10/11/2014 9:10:28 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Date of Origin Tuesday October 07th, 2014 approx. 04:39 PM
Location Between El Portal and Yosemite on Hwy 140
Incident Commander Jeanne Pincha - Tulley, California Interagency Incident Command Team 3 (CIIMT3)
Incident Description Wildland Fire

Current Situation

Total Personnel 268
Size 311 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 75%
Estimated Containment Date Sunday October 12th, 2014 approx. 06:00 PM
Fuels Involved Chaparral

Significant Events Fire continued to smoulder near the perimeter during the night.

Outlook

Planned Actions Crews will continue to mop up and patrol in all divisions.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns Temperatures will be slightly warmer today compared to yesterday.