Yosemite National Park Friday, August 11th, 2017

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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park

Friday, August 11th, 2017

 

Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast

Today: Sunny. Highs 80 to 88 at 5000 feet...69 to 77 at 8000 feet.

Tonight: Clear. Lows 54 to 64 at 5000 feet...43 to 53 at 8000 feet.

Tomorrow: Sunny. Highs 80 to 88 at 5000 feet...68 to 76 at 8000 feet.

 

Additional Point Forecast Weather Links:

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

 

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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY

 

Fire Update Aug 10, 2017

 

Empire

Discovered: 8/1/17      

Location: N 37° 38.673' x W 119° 37.096' at roughly 7300 feet elevation

Size: 650 acres           

Cause: Lightning         

Spread Potential: Moderate

Fuels: Red Fir Strategy: Monitor        

County: Mariposa

 

Knob 91

Discovered: 8/4/17     

Location: Location: N 37° 52.185' x W 119° 35.217', 2 miles North East of Lukens Lake on a ridgetop

Size: Less than one quarter acre                   

Cause: Lightning                     

Spread Potential: Low

Fuels: Timber litter                  

Strategy: Monitor        

County: Mariposa

 

Yosemite Creek

Discovered: 8/3/17      

Location: N 37° 50.414' x W 119° 38.088' at roughly 7,970 feet elevation

Size: less than one quarter acre                    

Cause: Lightning                     

Spread Potential: Moderate

Fuels: Red fir     

Strategy: Monitor                 

County: Mariposa

 

Blue

Discovered: 8/2/17      

Location: In the Blue Jay Creek drainage at roughly 8,715 feet elevation

Size: less than one quarter acre                    

Cause: Lightning                     

Spread Potential: Low

Fuels: Mountain hemlock/Jeffrey Pine   

Strategy: Monitor    

County: Tuolumne

 

Jay

Discovered: 8/2/17      

Location: In the Blue Jay Creek drainage at roughly 8653 feet elevation

Size: less than one quarter acre                    

Cause: Lightning                     

Spread Potential: Low

Fuels: Mountain Hemlock/Jeffrey Pine          

Strategy: Monitor        

County: Tuolumne

 

Porcupine

Discovered: 8/2/17      

Location: N 37° 49.336' x W 119° 34.720' at roughly 8154 feet elevation just off Tioga road near Yosemite Creek Campground road

Size: less than one quarter acre                    

Cause: Lightning                     

Spread Potential: Low

Fuels: Lodgepole/Red Fire     

Strategy: Monitor        

County: Mariposa

 

Starr King

Discovered: 8/2/17      

Location: N 37° 42.965' x W 119° 29.588' at roughly 7800 feet elevation

Size: less than one quarter acre        

Cause: Lightning         

Spread Potential: Moderate

Fuels: Red Fire/ Lodgepole   

Strategy: Monitor, no threat to Little Yosemite Valley

County: Mariposa  

 

Fire and smoke are as much a part of the Yosemite ecosystem as water and ice. Every year, thousands of lightning strikes occur within park boundaries, igniting vegetation made tinder-dry by Yosemite’s long, hot summers. Inevitably, some of these strikes cause fires, which in turn emit smoke. Yosemite’s fire managers strive to protect the quality and clarity of the air that park visitors breathe. Fire and smoke cannot be eliminated in Yosemite, only managed to minimize health impacts due to smoke while preserving the fragile ecology that keeps vegetation sparse enough to prevent much larger fires. More than 30 years of fire ecology have taught fire managers that suppressing all fires only delays the inevitable, making the results more intense than they otherwise would have been. Just as dam operators must let some water spill through their dams in order to prevent floods, fire managers must let some fire and smoke occur to keep the larger conflagrations at bay, especially in the mid-elevation mixed confer forests where a “flood” of accumulated biomass threatens to be released by catastrophic fire. Overall, Yosemite’s fire management program minimizes the health impacts from the region’s inevitable fires while maximizing the resource benefits that result from those fires. 

 

For additional Information:

Fire Information:  Yose_Fire_Info@nps.gov

Yosemite National Park Fire Information website:  http://www.nps.gov/yose/blogs/fireinfo.htm

Facebook: Search-- Yosemite Fire and Aviation https://goo.gl/orcdws

Twitter:  Search--@YosemiteFire https://twitter.com/YosemiteFire

Air Quality: https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/nature/aqmonitoring.htm  (M. Roubal)

 

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RECENT NEWS

 

New Member To Yosemite Fire Family

Wawona Fire Engine Operator Kyle Cook and his wife Kathleeen welcomed their daughter Callie Cook into the world On August 8th. She weighs 7 lbs 13 oz and is absolutely a beautiful, healthy bundle of joy to their family.  Please join us in congratulating them! Their community is so absolutely excited for them and cant wait to meet her.  (S. Saunders)

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NPS Bid Announcement / Employee Housing - El Portal

Apt. #746C - 9731C Barium Mine Road (downstairs apt.)

Apt. #743F - 9737F Barium Mine Road (upstairs apt.).  

Two Bedrooms / 1 bath

940 sq. ft; built in1993 

$293.94 biweekly, plus utilities  

Deadline: 4:30 p.m.; Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Please click on the below link for YNP Directive 39: Assignment of Permanent Gov't Quarters, Bid Sheet - Permitted Occupancy, and Bid Announcement.

http://sharepoint.yose.nps.gov/Admn/Housing/Lists/NPS%20Housing%20Bid%20Announcement/AllItems.aspx  (Y. Radanovich)

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Welcome Joe Davis

​Please welcome Joe Davis as the new permanent Wawona Utilities Supervisor.  (M. Matheson)

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Yosemite Archives Tours Thursday, August 17

Yosemite Archives will be providing tours of the archival collections on Thursday, August 17th.  If you want to go on a tour, meet at the Archives Office. The Archives Office is located across from the large break room in the El Portal Maintenance Complex. Staff will conduct tours at 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 1:30 pm and 2:45 pm. Tours are open to all park staff, volunteers, park partners and concession staff. Tours typically last about forty-five minutes. If you can RSVP by email that would be great. Send email to paul_rogers@nps.gov. If you are unable to make the August 17th tours, email Paul Rogers and he'll see if they can arrange a tour that works for your schedule. 

 

The tours will cover:

What's in the collections

How to use the Archives

How to access the finding aids on the Online Archive of California (OAC):        http://www.oac.cdlib.org/institutions/Yosemite+National+Park+Archives

 

If you haven't already taken the archives use survey, please take a few minutes and provide your feedback at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6QKV86F  (P. Rogers)

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Congratulations Jon Babcock

Jon Babcock is Yosemite's new Machine Shop Supervisor.  (K. Kennec)

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Vernal Fall Comfort Station Open

The water system and comfort station at the Vernal Fall Bridge was reopened on Saturday, August 5th.  (K. Korwin)

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Yosemite National Park Fire Restrictions

Yosemite National Park is experiencing high fire danger along with continued hot and dry weather patterns. Due to current and predicted fire conditions and fire behavior the Superintendent of Yosemite National Park will be implementing Stage 1 fire restrictions until further notice is given.

 

By order of the Superintended of Yosemite National Park and under authority of Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations, Section 2.13 (c):

 

No building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, or cooking fire (including charcoal fires) within Yosemite Wilderness below 6,000 feet in elevation. "Sierra" (twig) stoves are not permitted. Portable stoves using pressurized gas, liquid fuel or propane are permitted as are alcohol stoves (with and without a shutoff valve) including alcohol tablet/cube stoves.

 

No smoking below 6,000 feet except within an enclosed vehicle, a building in which smoking is allowed, a campground or picnic area where wood and charcoal fires are allowed or in designated smoking area.

 

Campfires and cooking fires may still be used in designated campgrounds, picnic areas, and residential areas in developed portions of the park in accordance with park regulations.

 

Designated Campgrounds: Upper Pines, Lower Pine, North Pines, Camp 4, Wawona,   Bridalveil Creek, Hodgon Meadow, Crane Flat, Tamarack Flat, White Wolf, Yosemite Creek, Porcupine Flat, and Tuolumne Meadows.

 

Designated Picnic Areas:  Lembert Dome, Tenaya Lake, Yosemite Creek, Wawona, Mariposa Grove, Glacier Point, Cascade, El Capitan, Cathedral Beach, Sentinel Beach, Swing Bridge, Church Bowl, and Lower Yosemite Falls.

 

There are no administrative exemptions to this order. This designation will remain in place until rescinded.

 

Fire restrictions reduce the probability of an accidental fire that could threaten visitors and employees during times of high fire danger. Cooperation in complying with these temporary restrictions is greatly appreciated.

 

For More Information:

Fire Information: yose_fire_info@nps.gov 

Yosemite National Park Fire Information Website: https://www.nps.gov/yose/blogs/fireinfo.htm

Yosemite Wildland Fire Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Yosemite-Fire-and-Aviation-124632964255395/

Yosemite Fire Twitter: https://twitter.com/YosemiteFire?lang=en  (S. Saunders)

 

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CONSTRUCTION & TRAFFIC DELAYS

 

Nighttime Road Work At "The Narrows"

Nighttime road work at “the Narrows” (El Portal Road between Pohono Bridge and the Big Oak Flat intersection) will continue through August. Work will take place Sundaynight through Thursday night from 8pm to 8am. Delays are as follows:

8pm to 10pm – delays limited to 5 minutes

10pm to 6am – delays limited to 30 minutes

6am to 8am – delays limited to 5 minutes  (L. Acree)

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Wawona Road Delays

Between the Wawona Tunnel and the Rostrum: There will continue to be up to 30 minute delays Sunday night thru Thursday night, 8PM to 6AM with single lane traffic control as crews complete storm damage repairs along Wawona Road.

 

Near South Entrance: There will continue to be up to 30-minute daytime delays Monday thru Friday 6AM to 8PM with single lane traffic control and pilot cars.  There will be extensive truck traffic over the next few weeks as crews are preparing the final subgrade for paving.  (M. Pieper)


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