Yosemite National Park Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

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Tuesday, August 29th, 2017
 
Today: Mostly cloudy. Near the crest, areas of smoke in the morning, a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Areas of smoke. Highs 87 to 97 at 5000 feet...75 to 85 at 8000 feet.
Tonight: Mostly cloudy in the evening then becoming partly cloudy. Mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms near the crest...areas of smoke. Lows 57 to 67 at 5000 feet... 45 to 55 at 8000 feet.
Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy. Slight chance of thunderstorms, areas of smoke. Near the crest, slight chance of thunderstorms in the morning, then chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon, chance of thunderstorms 50 percent. Highs 82 to 92 at 5000 feet...69 to 79 at 8000 feet.
 
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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY
 
Bridalveil Campground Closed
Bridalveil Campground will be closing today due to the Empire Fire. There is no known re-opening date at this time.  (
E. Bissmeyer)
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Glacier Point Road Closed
Glacier Point Road is closed for visitor safety and fire operations related to the Empire Fire until further notice.  (M. Roubal)
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Free Online Servicewide Supervisory Training Available September 25-29
The Virtual Conference for Supervisors (VCS) is a week-long virtual conference filled with sessions to help supervisors fulfill their important role in the NPS.  Supervisors will be able to apply knowledge from their selected sessions to improve their supervisory skills. 
 
NPS employees must register online using DOI Learn.  Please register for only one session per time block.  All participants must attend the opening and closing keynote sessions. Additionally, all participants must register for a Learn to Learn session (September 18-21, 2017).  This is a 30 minute Adobe Connect session to ensure learners are familiar with the platform. 
 
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El Capitan Meadow Improvement Project
Beginning this week, trail workers and restoration workers will construct a linear pathway and split rail fence along the northern perimeter of El Capitan meadow.  The project will protect meadow vegetation and provide improved visitor access at several viewing areas within the meadow.  (T. Newburger)
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Yosemite Valley Road/Construction Update
The "Narrows” will be open and drive-able all Labor Day weekend, but night work will continue at the Narrows before and after Labor Day through September. The schedule will be the same. Work will take place Sunday through Thursday nights 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
 
Contractors will pave the pedestrian pathway between the Yosemite Village Parking Area and Yosemite Village right after Labor Day. This is the path that begins south of the Yosemite Village Market between the Art Center and Concessioner General Offices. Contractors will direct pedestrians around the work site.  (L. Acree)
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Fire Update August 28th, 2017
 
South Fork
Discovered: 8/13/17      Location: N 37°32 '15" x W 119° 35'54"
Size:   5,191 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. 
 
Empire
Discovered: 8/1/17        Location: N 37° 38.673' x W 119° 37.096' at roughly 7300 feet elevation
Size: 2,770 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.  This fire is being managed for protection and resource management objectives as allowed in Yosemite's Fire Management Plan. The fire has burned close to Bridalveil Campground but is held up at natural barriers and patrolled by crews. It is not visible from the campground and poses no threat to campground visitors or infrastructure. The fire is burning in red fir and 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. Ostrander trail is closed and the trail along Turner Meadow .
 
Starr King
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.
 
Yosemite Creek
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
 
Porcupine
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, creeping and smoldering, burning in large logs which are creating smoke.  
Size: 2.2 acres             Cause: Lightning                       Spread Potential: Low
Fuels: Lodgepole/Red fir           Strategy: Monitor                      County: Mariposa
 
Knob 91
Discovered: 8/4/17        Location 37° 52.185' x W 119° 35.217' at approximately 8980 feet elevation
Size: .39 acres              Cause: Lightning                       Spread Potential: Low
Fuels: Timber litter         Strategy: Monitor                      County: Mariposa
 
Here are the most current Central Sierra Smoke/AQ Outlooks:
 
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RECENT NEWS
 
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. 
 
To see the posting and apply visit https://www.volunteer.gov/results.cfm?ID=16921 *Please note, if you are an employee in the wildlife division, you are not eligible for this volunteer position. 
 

If interested, please apply at the link above, and send a resume and statement of interest (300 words or fewer) to Breezy Jackson (breezy_jackson@nps.gov) by September 1st, 2017. (J. Oleksiak)

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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 6th10:00-11:00am, El Portal Large Breakroom
 
Forms and program information, including the schedule of monthly sessions, are available on the Yosemite Mentor Program Sharepoint site at http://sharepoint.yose.nps.gov/Supt/mentor/SitePages/Home.aspx.  (J. Gallegos)
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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)
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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 synchronicity.support@gmail.com if you're interested.  (K. Indigo)
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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 hodges.marcia@gmail.com or call 510-207-5951.  (M. Hodges)
 
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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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