Yosemite National Park Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017


Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast

Today: Mostly cloudy. A 20 percent chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Near the crest, chance of showers and slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs 77 to 82 at 5000 feet...67 to 72 at 8000 feet.

Tonight: Partly cloudy. A 20 percent chance of thunderstorms in the evening. Near the crest, mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms in the evening, then mostly clear after midnight. Lows 53 to 63 at 5000 feet...43 to 53 at 8000 feet.

Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy. Slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs 79 to 87 at 5000 feet...67 to 77 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






Operational Changes Due To South Fork Fire

There have been some changes to services available to the public so please make sure you are familiar with the most up to date information. Everyone’s flexibility, adaptability, and collaboration this week is really appreciated.


- Wawona Campground is closed. 

- Bridalveil Creek Campground closes on Wednesday morning.

- Wawona trail (mule) rides are not operating.

- Big Trees Golf Course is closed.

- 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 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). Traffic delays should be expected. 

- A voluntary ban on wood fires is in place in Yosemite Valley to reduce smoke. A mandatory ban may be instituted in the days to come.



Yosemite GIS Specialist GS9/11 Vacancy Announcement 8/21/2017

Yosemite National Park will have a vacancy announcement for the GIS Specialist Interdisciplinary GS-9/11 (0150, 0401, 1301) beginning next Monday, August 21st at https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/477015100 


This vacancy is open to Status Candidates, including those eligible through the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act, and will close at 11:59pm (EST) on the day 50 applications are received (or by 8/30/2017), so get your resumes ready and apply early! All applications submitted by 11:59 (EST) on the closing day will receive consideration, even those that exceed the 50 applicant limit.



- Development, management, coordination, and implementation of the Geographic Information System (GIS) for the park.

- Design, develop, and manage GIS databases and data base management system, Manage and integrate a variety of GIS and data base management software, implement data documentation procedures and distribution.

- Enhance park-wide capability and provide leadership, training, and instruction to staff in the use of GIS applications and related technology.


Please see the full announcement for details and Occupational Questionnaire. Please distribute broadly as you see fit. 


Contact Jim Roche, 209-379-1446jim_roche@nps.gov, or Human Resource Specialist Cyndi Mattiuzzi, 209-379-1806cyndi_mattiuzzi@nps.gov, with any questions about the position.


And yes, this is essentially the position Vanessa Glynn-Linaris previously held at Yosemite as the GIS Coordinator at an awesome park with a great group of folks!  (V. Glynn-Linaris)



Movie Night For Employees

Movie Night in Yosemite Valley: The Interpretive Management Team would like to invite all park employees to a Potluck and Movie Night at the Yosemite Valley Auditorium (behind the Visitor Center) on Thursday August 17 from 5:30- 9:00p. We will be featuring the new "Yosemite" documentary that aired on PBS earlier this year.  Click here to reserve your seat as space is limited!  (S. Diaz)



South Fork Fire Update #3 August 15th, 2017

Location: N 37°32 '15" x W 119° 35'54" - approximately 5100' elevation

Discovered: 8/13/17 2:30 p.m.

Size: 1613 acres        

Containment: 0%

Cause: Unknown     

Fuels: Ponderosa pine transitioning to White fir

Strategy: Suppression

County: Mariposa


The South Fork fire is burning 1.0 mile east of the community of Wawona upstream of Swinging Bridge in the South Fork of the Merced River drainage.  The fire is burning in the wilderness but is being managed for protection objectives due to its close proximity to the community of Wawona.  


The fire was discovered at 2:30 p.m. on August 13, 2017. Tactics in use include helicopter bucket work, retardant drops and tanker drops mainly on the left flank of the fire.


Strategic objectives are containment of the west flank and keeping the fire north of the river for protection of the community of Wawona. Air resources, hand crews and type 3 engines are all being utilized.


The fire is burning in dense mixed conifer forest with areas of heavy tree mortality.  Most of the projected fire growth is expected on the north and northeast flanks of the fire which is burning into the wilderness and away from the community. However, the fire also continues to back down the South Fork drainage.  


Smoke is expected to be heavy in the fire area and adjacent communities and is likely to be very dense in Wawona in the evenings and mornings. Visibility may be impacted along Wawona Road (Hwy 41 extension) south to Fish Camp, Glacier Point Road, Yosemite Valley, Hwy 140 from El Portal to Mariposa, and Tioga Pass to the Mono Lake area.


Portable and stationary particulate monitors are placed in areas that are most likely to see impacts of smoke during certain hours of the day. The local air quality districts use the data from these monitors to issue air quality alerts and notices. Fire Managers are working with the local Air Quality Districts and will be monitoring smoke impacts to the community of Wawona, park and local communities. Community members who are sensitive to smoke may want to close their windows and doors and monitor the air quality links below.


For additional information:

- Rapid Notify is a community alert system for rapid event notifications. Register by visiting www.alert.rapid notify.com

- Nixle is a public-safety notification system. Sign up for emergency alerts by texting 95389 to 888-777 or visit their website at www.nixle.com

- Fire Information: Yose_Fire_Info@nps.gov

- Yosemite National Park Fire Information website: http://www.nps.gov/yose/blogs/fireinfo.htm

- Facebook, search: Yosemite Fire and Aviation: http://www. Facebook.com/Yosemite-Fire-and-Aviation-124632964255395

- Twitter, search @YosemiteFire : http://www.twitter.com/YosemiteFire

- Air Quality: http://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/nature/agmonitoring.htm


Here is the smoke forecast for today: https://wildlandfiresmoke.net/outlooks/2017/CentralSierraFires#Main  (S. Saunders)






Annual Big Time Event This Weekend

The Annual Big Time Event will be at the Village of Ahwahnee behind the Valley Museum from August 18 through August 20. Please remove all vehicles from the parking area adjacent to the Emergency Services Building, gas pumps, and AT&T building from the evening of Friday August 18 through Sunday August 20. Because of the limited parking due to the on going construction at the Emergency Services Building, employees can free up event parking on Village Drive by parking up near the NPS Stables or at the courthouse on Saturday and Sunday.  (J. Hoeflich)



Flags at Half-Staff Monday To Wednesday

Flags will be flown at half-staff on Monday, August 14, 2017, through sunset on Wednesday, August 16, 2017, at Department of the Interior facilities in honor and memory of firefighter Brent Witham, who died in the line of duty on the Lolo Peak Fire on August 2, 2017. (K. Killian)



Yosemite Haircare

The Yosemite Haircare is temporarily closed. Yosemite Hospitality will share reopening information once available.  (L. Cesaro)



South Fork Fire And Air Quality Update August 14

Fire: A hazard alert message is being issued for the Wawona community. The threat is of low potential and may require evacuation in 24 hours or more. Wildfire has been discovered in the South Fork of the Merced drainage 1 mile east of Wawona. Residents and visitors are encouraged to make appropriate pre-evacuation preparations. Smoke impacts are expected to be heavy starting this evening throughout the entire community.  If there is an actual need for evacuation, there will be door to door notifications by park staff.


Air Quality: Very smoky, unhealthy to hazardous conditions expected in Wawona this evening through noon Monday. Smoke from the South Fork Fire is expected to fill the canyons west of Wawona out to Mariposa as well as affecting visibility along Hwy 140 from El Portal to Mariposa and Wawona Road south to Fish Camp.


Recommendations: Close windows ASAP to keep the bulk of the smoke out. Visit friends/relatives to the north or south if you have that option.


Other areas likely to be impacted include passes to the ENE, (Tioga Pass and down to the Mono Lake area).  (J. Trust)






Road Work This Friday Night At "The Narrows"

Contractors need to work one Friday night (8/18) this month at “the Narrows” (El Portal Road between Pohono Bridge and the Big Oak Flat intersection) to pour concrete. Delays will be:

8pm to 10pm – delays limited to 15 minutes

10pm to 6am – delays limited to 30 minutes

6am to 8am – delays limited to 15 minutes  


Otherwise, 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)



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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