Yosemite National Park Tuesday May 16th, 2017

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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park

Tuesday May 16th, 2017


Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast

Today: Mostly cloudy in the morning then becoming cloudy. Slight chance of snow showers in the morning, then chance of snow showers in the afternoon, slight chance of showers in the morning, then chance of showers in the afternoon. Near the crest, a 50 percent chance of snow showers. Over higher elevations, west winds around 25 mph with gusts to around 45 mph in the afternoon. Breezy. Snow level above 8000 feet. Highs 50 to 55 at 5000 feet... 40 to 46 at 8000 feet.

TonightMostly cloudy. Chance of showers, snow showers likely in the evening, then chance of snow showers after midnight, gusts up to 40 mph in the evening. Near the crest, a 50 percent chance of snow showers. Windy. Snow level above 8000 feet. Lows 36 to 42 at 5000 feet...25 to 33 at 8000 feet. Southwest winds 25 to 35 mph with gusts to around 65 mph over higher elevations.

Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy. Slight chance of showers in the morning. Near the crest, slight chance of snow showers in the morning. Snow level above 8000 feet. Highs 52 to 58 at 5000 feet...42 to 50 at 8000 feet. West winds around 25 mph over higher elevations. Gusts up to 50 mph over higher elevations.


Additional Point Forecast Weather Links:

Yosemite Valley  |  Wawona  |  Tuolumne Meadows  |  Glacier Point |  Big Oak Flat  |  Hetch Hetchy  |  El Portal  |  Mariposa | Badger Pass






Short-Haul Training Postponed to May 17-18th

Due to inclement weather, the Yosemite Helicopter Rescue Team/Yosemite Helitack short-haul training will be postponed to May 17-18th. (K. Kirschner)



Big Oak Flat Road Paving Postponed

The Big Oak Flat Road will be open Tuesday with no lane restrictions. The paving project has been postponed due to weather. The new dates for paving have not been determined at this time.  (C. Buckingham)



Yosemite Flood Sites

Some sites held back due to potential flooding in Lower and North Pines will be available to reserve Wednesday, May 17 at 10AM Pacific Time, via recreation.gov or 1-877-444-6777. The nights available are May 18 through May 21 . Additional nights will be made available as conditions allow and information will be posted on Yosemite's website (www.nps.gov/yose) and Yosemite's Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/YosemiteNPS).  (E. Bissmeyer)



S-212 Wildland Fire Chain Saws Class May 30-31

Introductory chain saw training will be held at the Wawona Fire Station May 30th and 31st. This class is intended to teach chain saw safety, maintenance, and basic operations at the beginner level for those that think they will need to operate a chainsaw on a wildland fire incident. Class will start at 0900 and go to 1600 each day with the second day being almost entirely all in the field. Plan on bringing lunch and water each day. Please bring appropriate PPE for the class i.e.: hardhat, gloves, long sleeved shirt, pants, boots that are at least 6 inches tall, eye protection, ear protection, and saw chaps (chaps will be supplied if you don't have any). If you have your own government issued saw you may bring it and learn how to maintain and sharpen it. There is a limited amount of space available, about 15-18 slots, so call the Wawona fire station 209-375-9515 or email parker_bevington@nps.gov to sign up (emails preferred).  (P. Bevington)



Private Rental

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El Portal Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation – Phase 1

May 15-19: The contractor will continue sewer lateral installation on Foresta Rd and start sewer mainline installation in front of Nature Bridge. One-way traffic control on HWY 140 in front of Nature Bridge and on Foresta Road in front of the Post Office is expected this week. Please watch for workers on the road and stopped traffic. For additional information visit the Construction Update Boards located at the Post Office and El Portal Market or contact Jamie Richards at jamie_richards@nps.gov.  (Y. Lugo)






PG&E Power Outage May 18

PG&E will be turning off power to Chinquapin and Badger Pass on Thursday May 18th from 10 am to 12 noon for repair work. For more information contact Heather Gonzales PG&E Planned Outage Coordinator at (209) 726-5588.  (J. Keyes)




Road Work on Hwy 140 May 15-20

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has issued a traffic advisory for road construction activities on State Route 140 (SR-140) from Briceburg Road to El Portal Road. One-way traffic control will be in effect on eastbound and westbound SR-140 at El Portal Road beginning Monday, May 15th, and extending through Friday, May 19th, from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. for utility work.


Beginning Tuesday, May 16th, and extending through Friday, May 19th, one-way traffic control will be in effect to the same highway extent, for grinding and paving from 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


Motorists should expect 10 minute delays. This work is scheduled to begin as listed, but is subject to change due to traffic incidents, weather, availability of equipment and/or materials and construction related issues.  (J. Donovan)




Live Theater Performance May 18 & 19

Please join the El Portal Drama Program for "Crow and Weasel" May 18th and 19th at 6:30pm at the Clark Community Hall in El Portal. YEA will be serving snacks and sodas as refreshments. This performance is free and open to all ages. Come to the land where dreams are born!  (M. Patton)




Temporary Promotion/Detail: Maintenance Worker Leader, WL-4749-05

​This is a temporary developmental assignment NTE 120 days.

Opening Date: 5/9/2017  Closing Date: 5/19/2017  Target EOD: mid-June


For more information contact Hassan Corbin at 379-1076 or hassan_corbin@nps.gov.  (K. Lewis)



Temporary Promotion/Detail: USRO Supervisor, WS-4742-10

​This is a temporary developmental assignment NTE 1 year. 2 positions will be filled - 1 at Wawona and 1 at Valley Utilities.

Opening Date: 5/9/2017  Closing Date: 5/18/2017  Target EOD: mid-June


For more information contact Josh Keyes at 379-1077 or joshua_keyes@nps.gov.  (K. Lewis)



Save The Date - Groves Family Farewell Party June 9

Dr. Ralph Groves and Family will be saying "Goodbye" to Yosemite in mid-June. There will be a fun and casual sendoff for them here in the Park the evening of Friday, June 9th. Watch for more details in the coming weeks.  (C. Griffin)




Yosemite National Park Announces One Night Closure on Big Oak Flat Road - Yosemite News Release May 12, 2017

Closure will be in effect from 9:00 pm to 5:00 am on May 15, 2017


Yosemite National Park will close the Big Oak Flat Road to all vehicular traffic from 9:00 pm on Monday, May 15, 2017 to 5:00 am on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. This closure is necessary for paving on the roadway.


Paving will continue throughout the day on Tuesday, May 16 and Wednesday, May 17, with single-lane closures and up to 15 minutes delays.  


For updated 24-hour road and weather conditions for Yosemite National Park, please call 209-372-0200, press 1 and press 1 again.  (J. Richards)






Emergency Services Complex

Work on the inside is nearing completion with lights, fixtures, flooring, doors, and cabinets being installed. Construction of decks, painting, and roofing continues. Site work has resumed with the last couple of concrete pours being completed in the next week. There was a glitch with the IT/Telecom equipment that was planned to go into the basement, but as with other building basements for which water had not been an issue in the memorable past, water continued to come in, despite the installation of a sump pump. Therefore, the IT/Telecom equipment is being relocated to a new room carved out of the first floor. This is delaying the project somewhat until all of the details can be worked out and conduit and cables re-routed. Construction of the new Training Room, Garage Bays, and Fire Engine Bay is nearly complete, with lights, flooring, one roll-up door, and painting remaining. The Garage/Training Room building is very close to completion, however acceptance and occupancy must wait for the relocation of the IT/Telecom equipment in the main SAR/Fire Building as well so the fire alarm, heating and cooling systems, and the phones can be connected and tested. Completion is projected in late May or June.  (K. White)



Valley Loop Road Work

Between now and Memorial Day, contractors will install culverts between El Capitan Crossover and Pohono Bridge on Northside Drive. They will completely close one lane during the week with rare 30 minute delays of both lanes. Expect slow traffic during the evening commute. No work will take place on weekends.  (L. Acree)



Wawona Road Delays

Crews began installing culverts Wednesday, April 26th along Wawona Road with flaggers and alternating traffic and up to 30-minute delays. They have started near the southern park boundary(Big Creek Area) and will be moving to Avalanche Creek Area. For more information contact Michael Pieper at 209-200-1131.  (M. Pieper)



East Yosemite Valley Detour

A hard closure is in place between Half Dome Village and Yosemite Village on Northside Drive. Northside Drive is closed to all vehicles and pedestrians from Stoneman Bridge to Camp 6 through Ahwahnee Meadow. Sentinel Drive is configured as a one-way road running south to north. Access to Half Dome Village from Yosemite Village and Yosemite Valley Lodge is via El Cap Cross. A detour map is available at https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/roadwork.htm.  (L. Acree)






Gus Martinez will be acting Chief Ranger until May 21. He can be reached at 372-0520.


Kristin Kirschner will be acting SAR Coordinator until mid June. She can be reached at 372-0216. 


Heather Boothe will be acting Hetch Hetchy Program Manager and Yosemite Conservancy Liaison until further notice. She can be reached at 372-0238.


Sally Kintner will be acting Volunteer Program Manager until further notice. She can be reached at 379-1850.


Jim Roche will be acting Branch Chief of Physical Science and Landscape Ecology until further notice. He can be reached at 379-1446.


Don Pasley will be acting Wawona B&G Supervisor until further notice. He can be reached at 375-9508 or don_pasley@nps.gov.


Joe Meyer will be acting Division Chief for Resources Management and Science until further notice. He can be reached at 379-1185.


Josh Keyes will be acting Utilities Branch Chief until further notice. He can be reached at 379-1077.


Garrett Dickman will be acting Park Botanist until further notice. He can be reached at 379-3282.


John Barton will be acting Wawona Utilities Supervisor until further notice. He can be reached at 375-9510 or john_barton@nps.gov


Shawn Zumbrunnen will be acting Valley Utilities Supervisor until further notice. He can be reached at 372-0560 or shawn_zumbrunnen@nps.gov


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