Yosemite National Park Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017


Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast

Today: Sunny. Near the crest, a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs 80 to 86 at 5000 feet... 67 to 75 at 8000 feet.

Tonight: Partly cloudy. Near the crest, mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms in the evening, then mostly clear after midnight. Lows 55 to 65 at 5000 feet...43 to 53 at 8000 feet.

Tomorrow: Sunny. Slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs 81 to 87 at 5000 feet...67 to 75 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






Youth in Yosemite Open House Today 8am-12:30pm Garden Terrace

Come and celebrate the achievements and successes of some of these amazing youth program participants. Be inspired by the stories and experiences of youth from Parks in Focus, Adventure Risk Challenge, Nature Bridge, and the Yosemite Leadership Program Summer Internship.  (A. Guzman)



Yosemite Forum Today

"The Civilian Conservation Corps and the shaping of Yosemite National Park, 1933-1942" by Dr. Douglas Dodd, California State University, Bakersfield


During the Great Depression of the 1930s, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) provided the National Park Service with unprecedented new levels of manpower and funding, which NPS used to develop and modernize the national park system.  At Yosemite, the CCC was instrumental in accelerating the implementation of the park’s master plan. Although enrollees carried out numerous construction, maintenance, and resource management projects, their work often existed in tension between early 20th-century ideas of conservation and the emerging ecological concerns that would become prominent in the second half of the century.


The Forum will take place today, Tuesday, August 8, from 3:30 to 4:30 pm in the Yosemite Valley Auditorium.  Please contact Greg Stock at 379-1420 for additional information. (G. Stock)



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)



Congratulations Jon Babcock

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






Vernal Fall Comfort Station Open

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



Apple Picking Wednesday

All visitors, employees, and residents are invited to pick apples to help keep bears wild!  

This event will take place Wednesday, August 9th in the Curry Orchard Parking Lot from 6:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


These apples attract bears into developed areas and alter their natural diets. By removing the apples, bears will return to natural food sources found throughout the park and not become exposed to humans and their food.  


Parking will not be allowed in the Curry Orchard Parking from Wednesday, August 9th from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please check with your supervisor before attending. Even an hour of your time will be greatly appreciated. If you are able to spend the entire morning, email yose_bear_mgmt@nps.gov. Your help will be appreciated!  (C. Lee-Roney)



Empire Fire Update - August 6, 2017

The Empire Fire is at 315 acres today. Growth was moderated over the last couple of days due to recent precipitation over the fire area. Crews are continuing to monitor the fire for both protection and resource objectives. There is no threat to Bridalveil Campground. At this time the fire poses no threat to Alder Creek trail and Bridalveil Creek trail. Thunderstorms are expected today with a Lightning Activity Level of 4: moderate rain and lightning is frequent with 11-15 strikes every 5 minutes.


Yosemite Fire Management reminds visitors drones are strictly prohibited in Yosemite National Park. If you see someone flying a drone please contact the nearest ranger.


For the latest information on smoke impacts:

https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/nature/aqmonitoring.htm  (S. Saunders)



Yosemite National Park Institutes 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)






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)



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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