Yosemite National Park Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
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Tuesday, October 17th, 2017
 
Today: Mostly cloudy. Highs 69 to 77 at 5000 feet...59 to 67 at 8000 feet.
TonightPartly cloudy. A 20 percent chance of thunderstorms in the evening. Near the crest, slight chance of thunderstorms in the evening, then slight chance of showers after midnight. Lows 42 to 52 at 5000 feet...34 to 44 at 8000 feet.
Tomorrow
:  Sunny. Near the crest, slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs 66 to 76 at 5000 feet... 57 to 67 at 8000 feet.
 
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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY
 
Croaking Toad Presentation Thursday
There will be a Croaking Toad Presentation on Thursday, October 19th from 8 am to 9 am at the El Portal Warehouse Complex Large Break Room. The topic will be "Landscapes and Wildlife: Torres del Paine National Park," presented by Yiyo  Zamarano from Torres del Paine National Park, Chili. Come learn about Yosemite’s sister park in South America!   (M. Thornley)
 
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RECENT NEWS
 
Power Outage on Indian Creek Road 10/18
Power will be interrupted at several residences on Indian Creek Road (9000,9001,9003,9005,9007,9009,9011,9013). Outage will take place on October 18th beginning at 8:30am and ending at 4:30pm. This is to restore the electrical service to house 135.  (M. Alcantar)
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Reporting Time for VIPs
It's reporting time for Volunteers-in-Parks. Please ensure you have sent in all FY17 volunteer-related records, including agreements, reimbursements, and hours by the end of this week! Use inter-office mail, fax to 379-1350, or scan to yose_volunteers@nps.gov.  (S. Kintner)
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Seasonal Closing Dates Extended for Glacier Point Store and Yosemite Valley Lodge Bike Stand
The closing date for the Glacier Point Store & Snack Stand has been extended to Sunday, October 22nd. The closing date for the Yosemite Valley Lodge Bike Stand has been extended to Sunday, November 12th. (E. Callahan)
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Gateway Expressions Judging-Thursday, October 19, 2017
Yosemite Employees (NPS, Concessions, NatureBridge, Aramark, Etc.) Come and take a break during your busy day to be a judge of children's art submissions to the Gateway Expressions Art, Photography and Poetry Contest. 
Location: Yosemite Valley Ampitheater
Time: 10 am-3 pm (A. Guzman)
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Fire Update - October 16th
 
Empire
Discovered: 8/1/17     
Location: 1 mile east of Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area and 3/4 mile south of Glacier Point Road
Size: 7,000 acres        Cause: Lightning         Containment: 85%      Fuels: Red fir 
Slope driven fire remains very active east of Mono Meadow. This can be seen on the Illilouette Ridge from the Glacier Point Road. Crews will continue to monitor. Glacier Point road is open, subject to smoke along the road from Badger Pass to Sentinel Dome Parking Area.
 
South Fork 
Discovered: 8/13/17                           
Location: .75 miles east of the community of Wawona
Size: 7,564 acres        Cause: Lightning         Containment: 85%      Fuels: Mixed conifer and red fir
Fire remains quiet near the community of Wawona on the west and south flank of the fire. Sections of the north flank and the entire east flank are continuing to burn in the wilderness Fire activity has been minimal this week
 
Starr King 
Discovered: 8/2/17     
Location: N 37° 42.965' x W 119° 29.588' at approximately 7800 feet elevation
Size: 70 acres             Cause: Lightning         Spread Potential: Low/ Moderate
Fuels: Red fir/ Lodgepole        Strategy: Monitor
Visible from Sentinel Dome, Washburn and Glacier Point
 
Porcupine
Discovered: 8/2/17     
Location: N 37° 49.336' x W 119° 34.720' at approximately 8154 feet elevation off Tioga road.  
Size: 7 acres               Cause: Lightning         Spread Potential: Low
Fuels: Lodgepole/Red fir         Strategy: Monitor        
Visible from Tioga Road  
 
Ribbon
Discovered: 9/26/17   
Location: 37 45.3 x 119 38.5 at approximately 8154 feet elevation off Tioga road. 
Size: 2 Acres                           Cause: Lightning         Spread Potential: Low
Fuels: Low brush         Strategy: Monitor        
Visible from Sentinel Dome and Glacier Point
 

Prescribed Fire Update

On Saturday Yosemite Fire managers made the decision to postpone the prescription burns in the Mariposa Grove and the Soupbowl until further notice.  A dry stable air mass with low relative humidity was the primary driver for being out of prescription.

 

Prescribed fire is a very important tool for reducing excessive fuel build up near our communities in order to reduce severity of future fires.  When the conditions are right, we hope to proceed with these prescribed fires. 

 
WTREX (Women in Fire Prescribed Fire Training Exchange) will continue working with Yosemite Fire crews.  You might see a high percentage of women firefighters from various federal, state and other non-profit agencies assisting the park with fire management activities.  Currently only 10% of wildland fire positions are filled by women. This international 12 day training is comprised of 90% women.  
 
There are multiple fires burning in Yosemite National Park's wilderness. Fire managers are working with the local Air Quality Pollution Districts and will be monitoring smoke impacts to the park and local communities. Due to moderate smoke production from the Empire wildfire, Yosemite Valley will experience smoke, this will be compounded with campfire smoke until the morning inversion lifts. 

For additional Information:
Fire Information:  Yose_Fire_Info@nps.gov(209) 379-1493
Yosemite National Park Fire Information website: http://www.nps.gov/yose/blogs/fireinfo.htm
Facebook: Search-- Yosemite Fire and Aviation: @YosemiteFire
Twitter:  Search @YosemiteFire https://twitter.com/YosemiteFire
Current fire and air quality conditions: https://airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=topics.smoke_wildfires  (L. Murphy)
 
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CONSTRUCTION & TRAFFIC DELAYS
 

Yosemite Valley Parking and Road Construction Update

Contractors will continue work on Northside Drive between Sentinel Drive and the Yosemite Lodge crossing near Yosemite Falls. Currently they are installing curbs. Flaggers will control traffic, with one lane open at a time.

 

Contractors will also continue roadwork on Northside Drive from the Yosemite Lodge intersection to just past Camp 4. The Camp 4 parking area will remain closed while contractors set wheel stops. Campers will continue to have parking available across the street at the Yosemite Falls parking area. Northside Drive between the Yosemite Falls crossing and Camp 4 will remain limited to one westbound lane. Eastbound traffic will continue to travel through Yosemite Lodge. The contractors hope to complete this work by Thanksgiving if the weather remains favorable.

 

Masons will begin work on the masonry headwalls on Northside Drive in the west end of Yosemite Valley and El Portal Road between Pohono Bridge and the Big Oak Flat intersection. Work will take place during the day, with one lane closed near each headwall.  (L. Acree)

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Wawona Road Delays - Update 9-27-17
Around South Entrance: There will be 30-minute delays with single lane traffic control 6AM to 8PM as paving operations continue, so there will be extensive truck traffic around South Entrance as crews continue grading and paving the roadways and parking lots.  The 30-minute delays will continue thru September and October as crews continue grading and paving operations.
 
Between the Rostrum and the Wawona Tunnel: There will be up to 15-minute delays 8PM to 6AM as crews continue with culvert-shoulder-ditch repairs.
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El Portal Road Delays - Update 9-27-17
Crews have started working days and nights, completing storm-slide repairs on the El Portal Road between the western park boundary (Yosemite View Lodge) and the Big Oak Flat Intersection. The following delays should be anticipated while traveling the El Portal Road between the western park boundary and the Big Oak Flat Intersection:
8pm to 10pm – delays limited to 15 minutes
10pm to 6am – delays limited to 30 minutes
6am to 8am – delays limited to 15 minutes
8am to 3:30pm -- delays limited to 30 minutes
3:30pm to 5:30pm -- delays limited to 15 minutes  (M. Pieper)
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Big Oak Flat Road Construction
Road crews will be working from the long tunnel on BOF /HWY 120, working westward, starting September 20th. Expect short delays. Please drive slowly in the work zone, watching for workers, equipment and debris on the road. This project is expected to last up to 4 weeks, with operations being done on Monday-Thursday, 0700-1600 and some Fridays.  (B. Brantley)

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