Fire Update August 27th, 2017
Discovered: 8/13/17 Location: N 37°32 '15" x W 119° 35'54"
Size: 4,430 acres Cause: Unknown
Fuels: Ponderosa Pine/White Fir Strategy: Suppression County: Mariposa
The fire is burning in the wilderness but is being managed for protection objectives due to its close proximity to the community of Wawona. 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. Fire is burning in dense mixed conifer forest with areas of heavy tree mortality. Smoke is expected to be heavy in the area and adjacent communities. Multiple trail closures exist around the fire perimeter and are signed with the exact location.
Discovered: 8/1/17 Location: N 37° 38.673' x W 119° 37.096' at roughly 7300 feet elevation
Size: 2,300 acres Cause: Lightning Spread Potential: Moderate
Fuels: Red fir Strategy: Monitor County: Mariposa
The Empire Fire is burning in wilderness and poses no current threat to park infrastructure. It was reported on the night of July 31st. This fire is being managed to meet both protection and resource management objectives as allowed in Yosemite's Fire Management Plan. It is approximately 1 mile south of Bridalveil Campground and between Alder Creek drainage and Bridalveil Creek drainage. Fire crews are managing growth, fire behavior, and smoke dispersion. The fire is burning in heavy pockets of dead and down timber which reduces fuels buildup and increases forest resiliency.
Trails are closed from Bridalveil Creek Campground to the second junction with the Ostrander trail and from Westfall Meadow to the Deer Camp junction, along Alder Creek. Bridalveil Campground is closed down that this time.
Discovered: 8/2/17 Location: N 37° 42.965' x W 119° 29.588' at approximately 7800 feet elevation
Size: 27.5 acres Cause: Lightning Spread Potential: Low/ Moderate
Fuels: Red fir/ Lodgepole Strategy: Monitor County: Mariposa
Activity has picked up and smoke will be visible from Glacier Point, Washburn Point, and Sentinel Dome.
Discovered: 8/3/17 Location: N 37° 50.414' x W 119° 38.088' at approximately 7,970 feet elevation
Size: .75 acres Cause: Lightning Spread Potential: Low
Fuels: Red fir Strategy: Monitor County: Mariposa
Discovered: 8/2/17 Location: N 37° 49.336' x W 119° 34.720' at approximately 8154 feet elevation off Tioga road near Yosemite Creek Campground road
Size: 1.91 acres Cause: Lightning Spread Potential: Low
Fuels: Lodgepole/Red fir Strategy: Monitor County: Mariposa
Activity has picked up and smoke will be seen in the area.
Here are the most current Central Sierra Smoke/AQ Outlooks:
Wildlife Data Steward Intern Position Open On Volunteer.gov
The Terrestrial Biodiversity Program is hiring an intern to improve data stewardship in support of ongoing acoustic bat research in Yosemite.
If interested, please apply at the link above, and send a resume and statement of interest (300 words or fewer) to Breezy Jackson (email@example.com) by September 1st, 2017. (J. Oleksiak)
2017-2018 Mentor Program Orientation September 6
Do you have a skill you’d like to develop with the help of a mentor? The Yosemite Mentoring Program provides this opportunity through a structured and facilitated mentoring relationship. This program is entering its fifth year of helping people to build their skills and make meaningful connections. Applications are now being accepted from potential mentees until September 22nd.
Mentees will attend monthly professional development sessions from October 2017 through summer 2018. The first few sessions will provide guidance on how to select a mentor and on establishing goals to accomplish during the program.
To learn more, come to the following information session:
Wednesday, September 6th, 10:00-11:00am, El Portal Large Breakroom
Stagecoach Rides Have Resumed Operation
The interpretive Horse-Drawn Wagon Stage Rides in the Pioneer Yosemite History Center resumed operation Friday, August 25, 2017. (D. Shenk)
Room(s) for Rent
1-2 rooms for rent in a beautiful, large 4+ bed/2.5 bath home, nestled in the hills off the 140, on the border of Mariposa and Midpines. Home is on 5 quiet acres, surrounded by great views which you can see from both bedroom windows. $550/month per room, plus a portion of utilities. Discount for both rooms. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested. (K. Indigo)
Seeking Housemate in Midpines
Spacious 2000 sq. ft. Midpines home has 1 bedroom available. Large open living room, dining room, & kitchen. Two refrigerators, dishwasher, oven, microwave, dining room table set & a few pieces of furniture provided. Electric HVAC, plus wood burning stove & swamp cooler. Shared separate laundry room with washer and dryer. Huge deck on 2 sides of the house with views of distant hills. Sits on 7+ acres of beautiful rolling hills and trees just off Colorado Road and East Whitlock, 15 min. from Mariposa. $400/month plus electric & WiFi. No smokers. Credit check. Email email@example.com or call 510-207-5951. (M. Hodges)