Plumbed Fire Line Off of Big Oak Flat Road 8/8/18 - Photo credit: USFS
Engines: 135 Water Tenders: 18 Helicopters: 14 Crews: 22 Dozers: 23 Masticators: 5 Total Personnel: 1,889
August 8, 2018 - Containment has reached 68 percent and progress has been made in critical areas on the fire today. Containment indicates that the fire line will hold under typical conditions. The fully contained lines are being monitored and patrolled. Suppression repair will continue as suppression equipment vacates the fire line. Due to the exceptional work of firefighters, the only uncontained lines are from Montgomery Gulch to Pilot Peak and from the tunnel on Big Oak Road to Chinquapin.
The uncontained lines continue to be the focus of firefighting efforts. A critical area of the fire is burning towards Grouse Creek drainage from El Portal Road to Wawona Road. Helicopters were used today to slow the fire’s progress to allow firefighting resources to reposition their efforts and build containment lines along Wawona Road and Glaciar point road. This hand line is intended to prevent the fire from becoming established in the drainage and spreading across Wawona Road and farther into the Park. Firefighters have also been focusing on the portion of the fire that burned across Wawona Road on both sides of Glacier Point Road on Friday August 3. On the souths side of Glacier Point Road, crews utilized a service road to construct containment line from Wawona Road to Badger Pass and on the north side of Glacier Point crews are constructing direct hand line along the fires edge from Wawona Road to Badger Pass. When completed, these hand lines will secure this area of the fire. Crews also continue to mop-up or extinguish hot spots along Montgomery Ridge to Pilot Peak in Anderson Valley.
The burning operation from last night above the tunnel on Big Oak Flats is meeting firefighter’s objectives by reducing the fuel in front of the main fire and securing the north rim and the Valley. This finger of the fire effects all the major roads entering Yosemite Valley; Big Oak Flats Road, El Portal Road and Wawona Road.
Evacuated residents who were affected by the fire are beginning to return home and communities in the area are open for business. Smoke will continue to be prevalent in the area for air quality information visit: Wildland Fire Air Quality Response Program for the Yosemite area and Southern Sierra area.
Yosemite’s Tioga Road is open through the Park, including Tuolumne Meadows Visitor Center, White Wolf Campground, Soda Spring, Tenaya Lake, and Lembert Dome. Yosemite Valley remains closed to visitors.
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. For more information, go to nps.gov/yose or call 209-372-0200.
Mandatory Evacuations: Areas that are currently under a mandatory evacuation include:
· Yosemite Valley (Residence and Employees only were allowed to enter at 10 AM, August 8, 2018)
· Foresta Road
· Highway 140 east from the entrance of Yosemite National Park
· Summit Road
· Yosemite ValleyRed Cross Shelter is located at New Life Christian Fellowship, 5089 Cole Road, Mariposa, CA.
Small animals: Central California Animal Disaster Team (CCADT) at 888-402-2238, ext. 700
Large animals: Mariposa Fairgrounds, 5007 Fairgrounds Road, Mariposa, CA 95338