Yosemite National Park Friday, September 22nd, 2017

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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Friday, September 22nd, 2017
 
Today: Mostly cloudy. A 20 percent chance of snow showers in the afternoon. Highs 53 to 58 at 5000 feet...42 to 48 at 8000 feet.
TonightMostly cloudy in the evening then becoming partly cloudy. Slight chance of showers in the evening, partly cloudy with a slight chance of snow showers. Near the crest, mostly cloudy with a chance of snow showers in the evening, then partly cloudy with a slight chance of snow showers after midnight. Chance of precipitation 50 percent. Snow level 7500 feet. Lows 34 to 44 at 5000 feet...25 to 31 at 8000 feet.
TomorrowSunny. Highs 58 to 64 at 5000 feet...48 to 54 at 8000 feet.
 
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NEW AND HAPPENING

Yosemite Valley Parking and Road Construction Update

On Friday 9/22, contractors will selectively clear roadside vegetation on Northside Drive between El Capitan cross-over and Pohono Bridge. One lane will be closed.

 

Contractors will begin repaving the Sentinel Bridge Parking area and adjacent road on Wednesday 9/27. Sentinel Drive will be restricted to one-lane, one-way southbound traffic during work hours. Traffic that would normally travel northbound on Sentinel Drive will detour eastbound on Southside Drive to Stoneman Bridge and loop back on Northside Drive through Ahwahnee Meadow to the roundabout The shuttle bus will stop on the bridge to let passengers off and pick up passengers. Sentinel Drive will open to two-way traffic during non-work hours .Contractors expect to finish work in this area on 10/6.

 

Night work will continue under a new schedule on the El Portal Road between the Big Oak Flat intersection and Pohono Bridge. Work will take place from 8pm to 6am, with alternating one-way traffic and a pilot car. Delays will be a maximum of ½ hour.

 

Work will continue at the four-way intersection at Half Dome Village near Stoneman Bridge. Flaggers will route traffic headed to Half Dome Village in a one-way clockwise loop going eastbound on the Happy Isle Loop Rd then coming back northbound on Curry Village Dr. Contractors hope to pave and finish work in this area the first week in October.

 

Construction work at the Camp 4 parking area will continue and campers will park across the street at the Yosemite Falls parking area. Northside Drive between the Yosemite Falls crossing and Camp 4 will remain limited to one westbound lane. Eastbound traffic will continue to travel through Yosemite Lodge. The contractors hope to complete this work by Thanksgiving if the weather is good. If not, the parking area and roads will be open for the holidays. (L. Acree)
 

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RECENT NEWS
 
Tioga Road Temporarily Closed
Due to snow from the recent storm, Tioga Road is temporarily closed to all traffic. For road conditions updates (including information about other roads), please call 209-372-0200, 1 and then 1 in the menu. (S.Miyako)
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Glacier Point Road Delays
Expected one-way controlled traffic delays on Tuesday September 19th, from approximately 3pm to 8pm, between Mono Meadow Trailhead and Illilouette Ridge. Wait times should be 5-10 minutes. Delays will continue through 5pm Wednesday, September 20th. (A. Singer)
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Lush Meadows Rental
2,400 sq ft, 4 bd, 3 bath, 3 car garage on 3 acres in Lush Meadows.  Newer home comes furnished with Cal- King master suite set, jetted roman tub, walk in shower, walk in closets, office with desk and work space, kitchen appliances, washer and dryer, great room entertainment center and more.  Central HVAC, automated lawn sprinklers, fountain, onsite storage shed, back patio with great view of mountain.  Non-smoking, $2,200/month. Call 559-760-0820 or email basslakemgr@sti.net for more info and appointment to view. (K. Savage). 
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The Glacier Point Road is now open. 
Firefighters are still doing some backfiring operations near the Ostrander trail and monitoring the fire activity near Mono Meadow Trailhead through today.
 
Starting Wednesday next week, the road will be open with traffic control as firefighters continue backfiring operations along the roadway, pending weather conditions.
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Power Outage This Week
PG&E is scheduling a power outage beginning Monday September 18 through Friday, September 22nd. (Possibly adding dates 9/17 and 9/23)
 
Arch Rock and El Portal will not be affected by this outage. 
 
Glacier Point, Wawona Tunnel and Yosemite Valley will be provided with electrical generation during this time, but expect to have some delays, power bumps and/or minimal outages. 
 
Big Oak Flat Tunnels will not have back up generation during this outage.
 
NPS High Voltage is working directly with PG&E to minimize impacts to Yosemite.  (K. Bablitch)
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Fire Update September 16th, 2017
There are multiple fires burning in Yosemite National Park's wilderness. Weather has moderated with lower temperatures and higher relative humidities.

Empire
Discovered: 8/1/17     
Location: 1 mile east of Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area and 3/4 mile south of Glacier Point Road
Size: 6,256 acres        Cause: Lightning         Containment: 55%      Fuels: Red fir 
Fire activity was minimal yesterday due to increased relative humidity and precipitation from the last couple days. Conditions were favorable for fire crews to continue burn operations along Glacier Point road. Glacier Point Road will open Saturday Sept. 16 at 0800. Smoky conditions may exist along portions and delays may exist.

South Fork
Discovered: 8/13/17                           
Location: .75 miles east of the community of Wawona
Size: 6,840 acres        Cause: Lightning         Containment: 47%      Fuels: Mixed conifer and red fir
Fire remains quiet near the community of Wawona on the west and south flank of the fire. Sections of the north flank and the entire east flank are continuing to burn in the wilderness

Le Conte
Discovered: 9/12/17   
Location: North Side of Hetch Hetchy Reservoir
Size: 1/2 acre  Cause: Lightning         Spread Potential: Low            Fuels: Sparse ground fuels
Strategy: Monitor
Showing no smoke.
 
Porcupine Campground
Discovered: 9/12/17   
Location: Right on Porcupine creek
Size: 1/10 acre            Cause: Lightning         Spread Potential: Low            Fuels: Ground fuels
Strategy: Monitor
Single green tree burning at the base with 10x10 ground fire with continuous wet fuels.

Morrison
Discovered: 9/12/17   
Location: N 37° 52.707' x W 119° 36.854' elevation of 8,535 '
Size: 1/10 acre            Cause: Lightning         Spread Potential: Low            Fuels: Ground fuels
Strategy: Monitor
Lightning struck green tree with fire in the top and 10x10 ground fire at the base.

Wolf
Discovered: 9/12/17   
Location: N 37° 52.597' x W 119° 36.552' elevation of 8,469 '
Size: 1/10 acre            Cause: Lightning         Spread Potential: Low            Fuels: Ground fuels
Strategy: Monitor
Green tree that was blown apart by lightning strike and burning at the base.

Hidden
Discovered: 9/12/17   
Location: N 37° 48.318' x W 119° 29.607' elevation of 8,564 '
Size: 1/10 acre            Cause: Lightning         Spread Potential: Low            Fuels: Ground fuels
Strategy: Monitor
On the southwest ridge 100 yards from Hidden Lake burning in duff and down logs. Fire activity was creeping and smoldering at the top of the slope. Fire crews will continue to check on it.
 
Illilouette Creek
Discovered: 9/12/17   
Location: N 37° 40.391' x W 119° 32.505' elevation of 7,570'
Size: 1/10 acre            Cause: Lightning         Spread Potential: Low            Fuels: Ground fuels
Strategy: Monitor
On north aspect of the ridge in a lightning struck snag with some ground fuel on fire. Empire fire operations will monitor this fire. 

Starr King
Discovered: 8/2/17     
Location: N 37° 42.965' x W 119° 29.588' at approximately 7800 feet elevation
Size: 60 acres             Cause: Lightning         Spread Potential: Low/ Moderate
Fuels: Red fir/ Lodgepole       Strategy: Monitor
Minimal smoke can be seen, with some pockets of light smoke interior of the perimeter.              
 
Indian Rock
Discovered: 9/15/17
Location: Fire is ½ mile south of Porcupine Flat Campground Road.
Size: 5’x10’                 Cause: Lightning Spread        Potential: Low     
Fuels: Brush and down timber

Yosemite Creek
Discovered: 8/3/17     
Location: N 37° 50.414' x W 119° 38.088' at approximately 7,970 feet elevation
Size: 3.4 acres            Cause: Lightning                     Spread Potential: Low
Fuels: Red fir              Strategy: Monitor                   
Fire is creeping and smoldering and will continue to be checked by fire crews.

Porcupine
Discovered: 8/2/17     
Location: N 37° 49.336' x W 119° 34.720' at approximately 8154 feet elevation off Tioga road.  
Size: 4.8 acres                        Cause: Lightning         Spread Potential: Low
Fuels: Lodgepole/Red fir        Strategy: Monitor                   
Fires edge is 30 feet from the Tioga road and is creeping and smoldering and to be checked by fire crews. 

No new maps today
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Mariposa County to Offer No-Cost Flu Shots

 

The Mariposa County Health Department will be offering flu shots - at no cost - at the following locations:

 

September 19 (Tuesday

2:00pm - 3:00pm - Mariposa Senior Center (for Seniors and Care Givers)

 

September 20 (Wednesday)

10:00am - 11:00am - Yosemite Wellness Center

12:00pm - 1:00 pm - Yosemite Medical Clinic

3:00pm - 4:30pm - El Portal - Cedar Lodge

 

September 21 (Thursday)

10:00am - 11:30am - Greeley Hill Community Center

1:00pm - 2:30pm - Coulterville Schoolhouse

 

September 26 (Tuesday)

10:00am - 11:30am - Wawona Library

1:00pm - 2:30pm - Fish Camp Fire Station

 

September 27 (Wednesday)

3:00pm - 6:00pm - Mariposa Fairgrounds

 

September 28 (Thursday)

9:00am - 10:30am - Mariposa Human Services Building

11:30am - 1:00pm - Mariposa Heritage House (C.Griffin)

 

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CONSTRUCTION & TRAFFIC DELAYS
 
Big Oak Flat Construction
Road crews will be working from the long tunnel on BOF /HWY 120 working West starting Wednesday September 20th, expect short delays and please drive slow in the work zone, watching for workers, equipment and debris on the road.
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Tenaya Road Closure September 13-23
Tenaya road will be closed between the Valley Fort and the Courthouse from 9/13/17 through 9/23/17. This is for generator staging for the upcoming valley power outage in Yosemite Valley. Courthouse access will not be affected.  (J. Brown)

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