General El Portal Fire Information for Friday Morning, August 1, 2014
August 1, 2014 10:03 A.M.
General El Portal Fire Information
The El Portal Fire remains active in extremely steep and remote terrain requiring heavy dependence on TYPE 1 hand crews and aviation assets. As with any incident in Yosemite National Park, firefighter and public safety is our number one priority. We appreciate everyone’s assistance with this priority.
•The fire is currently 4,198 acres and 58% contained.
•Resources assigned include 1,360 Fire Personnel.
•The mandatory evacuation order remains in effect for the community of Foresta until August 1, 2014, at 3:00 PM., after which time the residents are allowed to return to their homes.
•As of July 29 at 9AM, the evacuation order for Old El Portal was lifted.
•As of July 27, a Type 1 Interagency Management Team, from Southern California, was given command of this fire. The fire is on both NPS lands and Stanislaus National Forest. Joint Unified Command has been established.
•On July 26, at approximately 3:15, the El Portal fire began in the community of El Portal.
Campgrounds & Roads Affected
•Tioga Road is open and all of Highway 120 is open.
•All of Big Oak Flat Road is open.
•Crane Flat Campground is closed due to the El Portal Fire.
•Yosemite Creek Campground is closed due to the Dark Hole Fire.
•Bridalveil Creek Campground is being used for fire operations and is therefore closed.
•Hodgdon Meadow Campground remains open.
Additional Fire Activity in Yosemite – all lightning started fires in designated Wilderness
•Dark Hole (727 acres, 39% contained) – managing for minimum impact to wilderness character and is being managed by the Type 1 Interagency Team.
•Mount Starr King (.5 acres) – smoldering and creeping
•Lembert (.25 acres) – smoldering and creeping
•Cathedral (.5 acres) – smoldering and creeping
•Elbow (2 acres) – smoldering and creeping
For More Information
El Portal Fire updates are provided by the Type 1 Incident Management Team, working closely with park management. Fire information call center: 209-372-0327 or 209-372-0328