Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Monday, November 6th, 2017
Today: Sunny, breezy. Highs 46 to 54 at 5000 feet...39 to 47 at 8000 feet. Southwest winds 25 to 30 mph over higher elevations. Over higher elevations, gusts up to 55 mph in the morning.
Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows 30 to 38 at 5000 feet...22 to 32 at 8000 feet. Over higher elevations, gusts up to 40 mph after midnight.
Tomorrow: Sunny. Not as cool. Highs 51 to 59 at 5000 feet... 45 to 53 at 8000 feet.
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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY
YOSE Deputy Fire Chief Deron Mills Retirement Party - Last Day to RSVP
Hardly seems possible! Deputy Fire Chief Deron Mills retired October 31st after a long and distinguished 34 year fire career.
A retirement party will be held in his honor on Saturday, Nov 18th in Oakhurst, CA. Last Day to RSVP is 11/06 to deronmillsretirement@gmail.
Congratulations Deron on a well earned and well deserved retirement! May you have many happy, healthy trails ahead free of middle-of-the-night team calls! (K. Martin)
Limited Parking At El Portal Complex
Beginning Tuesday November 7th and continuing through Thursday November 16th there will be limited parking at the El Portal Complex. The PV System (Solar) will be having preventative maintenance, inspections and cleaning by contractors. Work is anticipated to begin at 0700-1700 each day.
The parking areas will be blocked off in specific areas as the contractor will need full access to all panels, inverters, etc. The schedule is as follows:
11/7/17-Carports PV nearest the old NPS Fuel station
11/8/17-Carports near B&G end of the building
11/9/17-Covered Parking by B&G, all Wall Mounted PV panels and roof top at covered storage (Including where Fleet vehicles are parked and property turn in area)
Cleaning 11/13-11/16: No parking restrictions required during this time, cars parked under the panels during cleaning will get wet. (K. Bablitch)
Croaking Toad Presentation Thursday 8am
Recent Advancements in studying Yosemite Valley Rockfalls by Greg Stock, Park Geologist
Yosemite has experienced many significant rockfalls this year. Rockfalls present challenging - and sometimes tragic - situations, but they also offer opportunities to learn more about how and why rockfalls happen. This talk will describe how new analytical tools such as high-resolution photography, structure-from-motion photogrammetry, airborne and terrestrial laser scanning, cliff monitoring, and cosmogenic exposure dating provide new insights that improve our understanding of rockfalls and help the park reduce rockfall risk.
This event will take place Thursday, November 9th from 8 am to 9 am in the El Portal Warehouse complex Large Breakroom. (M. Thornley)
Fire Update Nov 6
The Mariposa Grove prescription fire successfully treated approximately 100 acres within the historic sequoia grove. This included acreage in unit 11 and unit 4. There was moderate smoke production with smoke dispersal to the northeast. Burning in the Mariposa Grove is a continuous process; the targeted areas have had 1-3 prescribed fires in the past 30 years, and continued burning is required to maintain healthy forest conditions. Fire produces the optimum conditions for Giant Sequoia regeneration. Fire not only removes the accumulated layers of dead woody debris exposing nutrient rich mineral soil, but is needed to dry the cones and allow the seeds to shed. In addition, by reducing the number of trees and undergrowth, wildfire opens up the forest canopy and reduces shade-tolerant competition.
The Yosemite wildland fires (Ribbon, South Fork, Porcupine) that are currently active may still smolder but these will likely not be producing much smoke. Expect to still see light, visible smoke on the Empire and Starr King fires.
Firefighters began pile burning in Yosemite as part of the Vista Management Project and Meadow Restoration project with Resource Management and Science. They will continue pile burning operations throughout the park. If conditions are too wet to do prescribed burning, fire crews will shift to thinning projects around developed and high risk areas. (L. Murphy)
House for Rent - Short Term for 5 months
Now accepting applications for a unique and cozy 2 bedroom 1 bath cabin for rent. $1100 monthly and 1 month security deposit. The deposit can be paid in two installments. The house comes with a separate secure storage/shop building for your use. The house sits on 5 open acres on Ashworth Rd. just outside Mariposa. The cabin is next to my house. Easy access to Hwy. 140 via Silva and Triangle Road. El Portal is 45 minutes and the Valley is 1 hour 15 minutes commute. Layout includes first floor living room with wood-burning stove, bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen. The second floor is one large open room with high ceilings (loft feel) and an exterior second floor sitting deck with great expansive western horizon views and sunsets. There is a washer and dryer. There is a wood stove, electric heater, and in wall heater in the bathroom for winter and a swamp cooler for the summer. The cabin can be partially furnished. Water is included in monthly rent. Call Joe at 504-418-4300, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. (J. Llewellyn)
House for Rent - Available November 12
Modern, bright and clean 1640 sqft 3 bedroom 2 bath house with open floor plan. Recent upgrades include interior paint, floors, fixtures, kitchen, and appliances. Central air heat, and wood stove. Front load washer and dryer. The property is private on 3.5 acres of flat to rolling granite, grass and oaks. Location is Midpines Triangle Carleton area. 2 min to 140. Short and long term applications accepted. The home is fully furnished including all kitchenware and counter-top appliances. Rent includes: Water/Sewer, local & nationwide calls, fast DSL internet, and a huge bonus, onsite trash & Recycling removal. $1950 mo. For add’l info Call/Text John at 209-742-3456 or Quarryhouses@gmail.com (J. Zisa)
CONSTRUCTION & TRAFFIC DELAYS
Yosemite Valley Building Demolition
The abatement and demolition of the AAC Center will begin on Monday, November 6th and continue through November 22nd, with the building demolition phase scheduled November 27th – December 18th. The accessible pedestrian pathway from the new Yosemite Village Day Use Parking Area to Yosemite Village (to the Village Store, Visitors Center, etc.) will not be blocked and will have chain link fencing on the interior side for visitor protection. The site will be restored to a seasonal wetland in 2018. (D. Miller)
Yosemite Valley Parking and Road Construction Update
Contractors will continue to work on Northside Drive between Sentinel Drive and Camp 4 through November 13th. The traffic configuration will remain the same, with Northside Drive between the Yosemite Falls crossing and Camp 4 limited to one westbound lane and eastbound traffic through Yosemite Lodge.
Contractors will continue work on culvert headwalls on El Portal Road, west of Pohono Bridge. There will be short delays (<10 minutes).
Work will also continue at the Camp 4 parking area with parking for campers available across the street at the Yosemite Falls parking area. Contractors also plan to complete Camp 4 by November 13th.
Masons will continue work on the masonry headwalls on Northside Drive in the west end of Yosemite Valley and the El Portal Road between Pohono Bridge and the Big Oak Flat intersection. (L. Acree)