Yosemite National Park Friday, August 25th, 2017

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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park

Friday, August 25th, 2017

 

Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast

Today: Sunny. Near the crest, a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs 81 to 89 at 5000 feet... 68 to 78 at 8000 feet.

Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows 57 to 67 at 5000 feet...44 to 54 at 8000 feet.

Tomorrow: Sunny. Highs 82 to 92 at 5000 feet...69 to 79 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

 

Yosemite Creek Campground

Yosemite Creek campground will open today. This campground is first come, first served, $12 per night and features vault commodes. Campers must bring their own water or sterilize the creek water.  (E. Bissmeyer)

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South Fork Fire Update #12 August 24

Start date: 8/13/17 2:30 p.m.

Size: 4,188 acres                                                                   Containment: 25%

Cause: Unknown                                                                  Incident Personnel: 422

Fuels: Mixed conifer, oak and brush

 

The mandatory evacuation of Wawona has been completely lifted starting today at 7:00 am. Residents, visitors and guests are allowed back in to all areas of the Wawona community. Trails within the fire area will remain closed until further notice.

 

Last night’s infrared flight shows significant reduction in heat in the western half of the fire. The fire is still active in the portion of the fire north of the river.

 

Crews will continue to mop up (extinguish hot spots on the fire’s edge) and monitor the perimeter of the fire. Aircraft will assist in securing the line as needed. Repair and rehabilitation have begun within the Yosemite Wilderness.

 

Smoke and poor air quality continue to be an issue in the park. Temperatures are predicted to be near normal and the threat of storms is greatly decreased for the rest of the week. All roads within the park remain open to travel.

 

This will be the last update prepared by the South Central Sierra Interagency Incident Management Team. The team will transition to a Type 3 organization on Friday at 6:00 am, who will continue to issue updates on the fire. For information about the South Fork Fire after today, call 209-379-1493 or yose_fire_info@nps.gov.

 

There are currently 422 personnel assigned to the fire: 8 hand crews, 5 helicopters, 10 engines.

 

 

Empire Fire Update #18 August 24

Location: N 37° 38' 40" x W 119° 37' 6" at approximately 7300 feet elevation

Discovery Date: July 31st, 2017

Size: 2,013 acres

Cause: Lightning

 

The Empire Fire is being managed for both resource and protection objectives. It is approximately 1 mile south of the Bridalveil Campground east of Alder Creek drainage and west of Bridalveil Creek drainage, burning in Red fir. Fire behavior has been actively flanking and backing with some single

and group tree torching. The fire is burning in heavy pockets of dead and down timber, reducing fuels buildup which increases forest resiliency. Projected fire growth is expected in the northeast and southeast flanks.

 

The affected area is in a fire-adapted wilderness. Allowing fires to burn naturally can result in healthier, more diverse ecosystems. Reducing fuels buildup minimizes the potential for future severe fires. Although the current fire may have transient, moderate smoke impacts, more severe fires can

cause unhealthy levels of smoke for extended periods, over a much wider area.

 

Trails are closed from Bridalveil Creek Campground at the second junction with the Ostrander trail and from Westfall Meadow to the Deer Camp junction, along Alder Creek. Bridalveil Creek Campground is closed for fire resource use.

 

The fire will be visible from the high country and may be seen from multiple viewpoints in the immediate area off Glacier Point Road including Sentinel and Washburn Points.

 

Fire Managers are working with the local Air Quality Districts and will be monitoring smoke impacts to the park and local communities. Community members who are sensitive to smoke may want to close their windows and doors and monitor the air quality link below.  

 

https://wildlandfiresmoke.net/outlooks/2017/CentralSierraFires#Overview  (S. Saunders)

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South Fork Fire Update August 25

The Wawona Hotel, Hill Studio Visitor Center, Wawona Campground and Bridalveil Creek Campground are now open. Badger Pass-Glacier Point shuttle will open Saturday.

 

The following remain closed:

Wawona trail (mule) rides

Stagecoach rides

 

The Evacuation Order for Wawona residents has been lifted.  (M. Roubal)

 

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RECENT NEWS

 

Pre-Bid Site Walk at Valley District/Museum Building Monday

On Monday, August 28th, there will be a Pre-Bid Site Walk, from around 3 pm - 4 pm, at the Valley District/Museum Building for potential contractors on the Rehabilitation of Electrical System at the Valley District/Museum Building Project.  The potential bidders will be escorted by D&E staff, and the disruption of operations should be minimal.  If you have any questions, please contact Kerstin Henry at 379-1068.  (K. Henry)

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Yosemite Theater Sunday

Employees & Volunteers with NPS and other Park Partner organizations, please note that this Sunday, August 27th, is the final show of the season for Yosemite through the Eyes of a Buffalo Soldier starting Ranger Shelton Johnson. It will be a Live Performance, doors open at 6:45, show starts at 7pm and lasts until 8:30pm, and you all get free admission so come on out and enjoy history coming to life at Yosemite Theater.  (C. Botell)

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California Red-Legged Frog Release Friday

You're invited to a California red-legged frog release! It will take place in Yosemite Valley on Friday, August 25th from 10 am to 11 am. Kids from the El Portal School will also be helping to release the frogs. Participants will start gathering in the newly renovated Yosemite Village Parking area around 9:30, and at around 10 am, everyone will walk (3-5 minutes) to a small pond next to the river across from Housekeeping Beach to release approximately 50 red-legged frogs that were collected as eggs in March 2016 and raised to adult frogs at the San Francisco Zoo. There is a chance weather or smoke could impact the release.  (R. Grasso)

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Supervisory Course August 28-September 1

The Business and Revenue Management division is hosting a 40-hour supervisory course next week from August 28-September 1 in the Yosemite Valley Auditorium. A few spots are still available. Please email parker_davis@nps.gov if you are interested. All are welcome, but first priority will go to NPS supervisors.  (P. Davis)

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Porcupine Flat Campground Open

Porcupine Flat Campground opened for the season on Saturday, August 19. The campground will be available on a first come, first served basis and is $12 per night. (R. Kirtland)

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YARTS Service Temporarily Suspended Midpines Park & Ride August 21-25

Midpines Park will be closed next week for hazard tree removal operations being performed by Mariposa County. YARTS riders should instead use stops in town, or at Midpines K.O.A., Post Office, or Yosemite Bug Resort. (J.Donovan)

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Yosemite Volunteer of the Year Awards - Call for Nominations

Yosemite Volunteer of the Year Awards are presented every year during Facelift. Please nominate volunteers, supervisors, programs, and groups in the following categories:

 

Individual Volunteer (can be a couple)

Enduring Volunteer (can be a couple) -- those who have served multiple years

Youth Volunteer (age 25 and under)

Volunteer Group

Volunteer Youth Group

Supervisor of Volunteers

Volunteer Program

 

Nomination forms and directions can be found at: http://sharepoint.yose.nps.gov/Intp/vip/Lists/Announcements/DispForm.aspx?ID=54&Source=http%3A%2F%2Fsharepoint%2Eyose%2Enps%2Egov%2FIntp%2Fvip%2Fdefault%2Easpx Please submit nominations to the Volunteer Program Office by Thursday, 8/31. 

yose_volunteers@nps.gov. (S. Kintner)

 

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CONSTRUCTION & TRAFFIC DELAYS

 

Wawona Road Delays--Update 8-21-17

Around Bridalveil & Wawona Tunnel: Crews will continue working between Southside Drive & the Rostrum: Crews will be paving between Wawona Tunnel and the Rostrum Tuesday, August  22nd, 7AM to 5PM and between Southside Drive and the Wawona Tunnel Wednesday, August 23rd, 7AM to 5PM with single lane traffic control and up to 15 minute delays.

 

Between Mosquito Creek and the Grape Vine:  Crews will be working nights, August 20th thru 25th repairing the fill slope failure approximately 2-miles north of the Wawona Campground with single lane traffic control and up to 15-minute delays between 8PM and 11PM and up to 30-minute delays between 11PM to 6AM.

 

Around South Entrance: August 21st thru August 26th there will be 30-minute delays with single lane traffic control 6AM to 8PM as paving operations begin, so there will be extensive truck traffic around South Entrance as crews begin paving the parking lots.  The following weeks of August 28th and September 5th the 30-minute delays will continue as crews continue paving operations and preparation for paving on Wawona Road and Mariposa Grove Road.

 

Big Oak Flat Road Delays:  Crews will be working nights, August 20th thru the 23rd repairing the cut slope and repairing the ditch approximately 2-miles north of the Foresta Road intersection with single lane traffic control and up to 15-minute delays between 8PM and 11PM and up to 30-minute delays between 11PM and 6AM.

 

El Portal Road Delays: Crews will be working nights, August 23rd thru the 25th to begin repairing the El Portal Road, the adjacent cut slope and ditch which is located approximately 0.5 miles east of the western Park boundary.  The delays are anticipated to be 15-minutes between 8PM and 11PM and up to 30-minute delays between 11PM to 6AM.  (M. Pieper)

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The Narrows

Nighttime road work at “the Narrows” will continue through August from Sunday through Thursday from 8pm to 8am with the following delays:

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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Forestry Work Along Wawona Road

Forestry will be cutting tree hazards along the Wawona Road south of Strawberry Creek this week. Anticipate periodic traffic holds up to 15 minutes (or more, for difficult trees). Please watch out for workers, equipment, and debris along the roadway.  (B. Mattos)


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