Yosemite National Park Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017


Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast

Today: Sunny. Near the crest, a 20 percent chance of showers in the afternoon. Highs 79 to 87 at 5000 feet...67 to 75 at 8000 feet.

Tonight: Mostly clear. Near the crest, a 20 percent chance of showers in the evening. Lows 54 to 64 at 5000 feet...43 to 53 at 8000 feet.

Tomorrow: Sunny. Highs 80 to 88 at 5000 feet...68 to 76 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






NPS Bid Announcement / Employee Housing - El Portal

Apt. #746C - 9731C Barium Mine Road (downstairs apt.)

Apt. #743F - 9737F Barium Mine Road (upstairs apt.).  

Two Bedrooms / 1 bath

940 sq. ft; built in1993 

$293.94 biweekly, plus utilities  

Deadline: 4:30 p.m.; Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Please click on the below link for YNP Directive 39: Assignment of Permanent Gov't Quarters, Bid Sheet - Permitted Occupancy, and Bid Announcement.

http://sharepoint.yose.nps.gov/Admn/Housing/Lists/NPS%20Housing%20Bid%20Announcement/AllItems.aspx  (Y. Radanovich)



Welcome Joe Davis

​Please welcome Joe Davis as the new permanent Wawona Utilities Supervisor.  (M. Matheson)



Empire Fire Update #4 August 8th, 2017

Location: N 37° 38' 40" x W 119° 37' 6" at approximately 7300 feet elevation

Discovery Date: July 31st, 2017

Size: 412 acres

Cause: Lightning


The Empire Fire is in the wilderness and is being managed for both resource and protection objectives. It is approximately 1 mile south of the Bridalveil Campground east of Alder Creek drainage and west of Bridalveil Creek drainage burning in red fir. Fire behavior has been actively flanking and backing with some single and group tree torching. The fire has been burning in heavy pockets of dead and down timber reducing fuels build-up which increases forest resiliency. Projected fire growth is expected in the northeast and southeast flanks.  


The Empire Fire is in a fire-adapted wilderness area. Allowing fires to burn naturally can result in a healthier, more diverse ecosystem. Reducing fuel buildup minimizes the potential for future catastrophic fires. Although the current fire may have transient, moderate smoke impacts, more severe fires can cause unhealthy levels of smoke for extended periods, over a much wider area.


Alder Creek trail has been closed at Bridalveil Campground to the junction of Deer Camp trail. Signs will be placed at the affected trails this morning.  There are no threats to infrastructure at Bridalveil Campground and the remainder of hiking trails in the area remain open at this time. Alder Creek, Deer Camp and Bridalveil Creek trails will continue to be assessed by fire crews. Future closures will be decided based on fire behavior. The fire will be visible from the high country and may be seen from multiple viewpoints in the immediate area off Glacier Point Road.


Smoke will be seen in the fire area and may impact the Bridalveil Campground. Fire Managers are working with the local Air Quality Districts and will continually be monitoring smoke impacts to the park and local communities. Community members who are sensitive to smoke may want to close their windows and doors and continually monitor the attached air quality links.


For additional Information:

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 https://goo.gl/orcdws

Twitter:  Search--@YosemiteFire https://twitter.com/YosemiteFire

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






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)



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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