Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017
Today: Mostly cloudy. Chance of showers and slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation 50 percent. Highs 78 to 86 at 5000 feet...66 to 74 at 8000 feet.
Tonight: Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and slight chance of thunderstorms in the evening, then mostly clear after midnight. Chance of precipitation 50 percent. Lows 53 to 63 at 5000 feet...42 to 52 at 8000 feet.
Tomorrow: Sunny. Near the crest, slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs 78 to 86 at 5000 feet...66 to 74 at 8000 feet.
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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY
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)
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)
South Fork Fire Re-Population
Burning operations above Wawona on Monday were successful as crews brought the fire down the containment line to the South Fork of the Merced. Crews will finish burning the lower area along the river and continue to mop up on the west side. Firefighters have been inserted into the southeast portion of the fire to check the eastern spread and monitor the fireline north of the river.
There is no immediate or predicted threat to the Wawona Community. Therefore, the Evacuation Order for Wawona residents has been lifted beginning Wednesday, August 23rd at 7 am. Residents and employees living West of Chilnualna Creek may now return. Identification will be required for entry. Residents and employees living East of Chilnualna Creek will not be allowed re-entry for an additional 24 hours.
The area remains closed to the public until Thursday, August 24th at 7am. (C. Andrews)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested. All are welcome, but first priority will go to NPS supervisors. (P. Davis)
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)
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)
South Fork Fire, Services Impacted
Bridalveil Creek Campground remains closed
Wawona Hotel is closed
Hill Studio Visitor Center is closed
Wawona trail (mule) rides are not operating.
Stagecoach rides are not operating
The Badger Pass-Glacier Point shuttle will not operate until further notice as the incident command post is occupying the Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area facility and parking lot. The Glacier Point Road will remain open to the public; however it will close periodically between 10am and 5pm each day when parking at Glacier Point fills to capacity (and will reopen when sufficient space is available).
A voluntary ban on wood fires is in place in Yosemite Valley to reduce smoke. (C. Jenkins)
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 Youth Group
Supervisor of Volunteers
Nomination forms and directions can be found at: http://sharepoint.yose.nps.
email@example.com. (S. Kintner)
Air Quality Link: South Fork Fire
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)
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)
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)