Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Friday, August 18th, 2017
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 81 to 89 at 5000 feet...69 to 79 at 8000 feet.
Tonight: Mostly cloudy in the evening then clearing. A 20 percent chance of thunderstorms in the evening. Near the crest, chance of showers and slight chance of thunderstorms in the evening. Lows 55 to 65 at 5000 feet...44 to 54 at 8000 feet.
Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy. Chance of showers and slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation 50 percent. Highs 80 to 88 at 5000 feet...67 to 77 at 8000 feet.
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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY
South Fork Fire Update, August 17th, 2017
Start date: 8/13/17 2:30 p.m.
Size: 2,407 acres Containment: 7%
Cause: Unknown Incident Personnel: 449
Fuels: Mixed conifer, oak and brush
The South Fork Fire experienced minimal growth yesterday as weather conditions and high humidity levels held the fire within the western and southern containment lines. The fire continues to slowly spread to the northeast into the Yosemite Wilderness. Air resources will continue to assist the firefighting effort today as smoke levels allow. Direct line construction was tied into Wawona Dome on the west flank. Burning operations may begin today to allow for the protection of the Wawona community and the Mariposa Sequoia Grove.
Strategic objectives are to hold the western and southern flanks while monitoring the northern and eastern edges. Minimal Impact Suppression Tactics are being used to manage the area of the fire, using natural barriers such as rocks or streams, trails, and other minimal disturbance methods to contain the fire.
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. Community members who are sensitive to smoke should consult their physician and may want remain indoors or leave the area in periods of heavy smoke. Residents can monitor the air quality links below for current information.
There remains a threat of thunderstorm activity in the fire area today as a weak low pressure system remains over the region.
The South Central Sierra Interagency Incident Management Team (Deron Mills IC) assumed command of the fire at 6:00 AM on August 16th. The SCSIIMT is comprised of employees from state and federal agencies, municipalities, and several local resources to support firefighting personnel in their suppression efforts.
There is a voluntary evacuation in place for the Wawona community. (S.Saunders)
YARTS Service Temporarily Suspended Midpines Park, August 21st-25th
Midpines Park will be closed next week for hazard tree removal operations being performed by Mariposa County. YARTS riders should instead use stops in town, or at Midpines K.O.A., Post Office, or Yosemite Bug Resort. (JDonovan)
White Wolf Campground
The White Wolf Campground is now open and available for camping. This campground is first come, first served, has potable water & flush toilets and is $18 per night.
Current campground status may be checked by calling 372-0266. (E. Bissmeyer)
South Fork Fire Update August 16th, 2017
Discovered: 8/13/17 2:30 p.m.
Size: 2,296 acres
Fuels: Ponderosa pine transitioning to White fir
There will be a community meeting on Wednesday August 16 at 6 pm at the Wawona Community Center.
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 fireline is holding north of the South Fork and east of Chilnualna Creek. Air resources will continue to assist the firefighting effort in dropping retardant and water on the west and south flanks of the fire.
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. Community members who are sensitive to smoke may want to close their windows and doors and monitor the air quality links below.
The South Central Sierra Interagency Incident Management Team (Deron Mills IC) assumed command of the fire at 6:00 AM on August 16th.
- Wawona Campground
- Bridalveil Creek Campground
- Big Trees Golf Course
- Wawona mule rides are not operating
- 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 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. (S. Saunders)
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 21stat https://www.usajobs.gov/
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.
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)
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)
The Yosemite Haircare is temporarily closed. Yosemite Hospitality will share reopening information once available. (L. Cesaro)
CONSTRUCTION & TRAFFIC DELAYS
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)