Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Monday, August 21st, 2017
Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast
Today: Mostly cloudy in the morning then becoming mostly cloudy. Areas of smoke in the morning, a 50 percent chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Near the crest, slight chance of thunderstorms in the morning, then thunderstorms likely in the afternoon. Highs 77 to 85 at 5000 feet...65 to 75 at 8000 feet.
Tonight: Mostly cloudy with a chance of thunderstorms in the evening, then partly cloudy with a slight chance of thunderstorms after midnight. Chance of thunderstorms 50 percent. Lows 53 to 63 at 5000 feet...42 to 52 at 8000 feet.
Tuesday: Mostly cloudy. Slight chance of thunderstorms in the morning, then chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Chance of thunderstorms 50 percent. Highs 77 to 85 at 5000 feet...65 to 73 at 8000 feet.
Tuesday Night: Mostly cloudy with a chance of thunderstorms in the evening, then partly cloudy with a slight chance of thunderstorms after midnight. Chance of thunderstorms 50 percent. Lows 53 to 63 at 5000 feet...41 to 51 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
NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY
Dear Yosemite Colleagues:
We know how concerning this incident is for so many of you, particularly those who have been evacuated from their homes. We are all very hopeful that the current situations will improve. The South Fork Fire grew minimally yesterday as thunderstorms skirted the perimeter. Mandatory evacuations will remain in place in Wawona for the area east of Highway 41 on Forest Dr. and Chilnualna Falls Rd.
Employees who have been evacuated from their home should continue to check in with their supervisor each day. Supervisors should make sure that they contact and work with employees to help understand their situation and, to the degree they can, meet their needs.
Administrative leave is authorized for employees who have been evacuated. All employees requesting administrative leave must complete a leave request and clearly state in the notes the reason for administrative leave eligibility for the date they are requesting. Supervisors, please document employees on administrative leave. Employees granted administrative leave are expected to return to work at the start of their next shift, immediately after the evacuation order is lifted.
Employees who work in Wawona (but reside elsewhere) should work with their supervisor to discuss an alternative work location such as Mariposa, Yosemite Valley, other entrance stations, etc. that could work. We also encourage telework options where possible.
Employees who are able to report for duty but are affected by the smoke, should work with their supervisor to discuss alternative work location.
Please note the following operational changes:
Bridalveil Creek Campground remains closed
Wawona Hotel is closed
Hill Studio Visitor Center is closed
Wawona trail (mule) rides are not operating.
Stagecoach 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).
A voluntary ban on wood fires is in place in Yosemite Valley to reduce smoke.
We will continue to provide you with updates as information is available.
Palmer L. Jenkins ~on behalf of the ELT
Office of the Superintendent
Yosemite National Park
Yosemite Volunteer of the Year Awards - Call for Nominations
Yosemite Volunteer of the Year Awards are presented every year during Facelift. Please nominate volunteers, supervisors, programs, and groups in the following categories:
Individual Volunteer (can be a couple)
Enduring Volunteer (can be a couple) -- those who have served multiple years
Youth Volunteer (age 25 and under)
Volunteer Youth Group
Supervisor of Volunteers
Nomination forms and directions can be found at: http://sharepoint.yose.nps.
firstname.lastname@example.org. (S. Kintner)
On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. Anyone within the path of totality can see one of nature’s most awe inspiring sights - a total solar eclipse. This path, where the moon will completely cover the sun and the sun's tenuous atmosphere - the corona - can be seen, will stretch from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. Observers outside this path will still see a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun's disk. Here, in Yosemite, there will be 76.03% coverage of the sun by the moon for 2 hours, 38 minutes and 47 seconds, beginning at 9:04 am and ending at 11:42 am.
The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed Sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as eclipse glasses or hand-held solar viewers. Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the Sun. To date four manufacturers have certified that their eclipse glasses and handheld solar viewers meet the ISO 12312-2 international standard for such products: Rainbow Symphony, American Paper Optics, Thousand Oaks Optical, and TSE 17.
Always inspect your solar filter before use; if scratched or damaged, discard it. Read and follow any instructions printed on or packaged with the filter. Always supervise children using solar filters.
Stand still and cover your eyes with your eclipse glasses or solar viewer before looking up at the bright Sun. After glancing at the Sun, turn away and remove your filter — do not remove it while looking at the Sun.
Do not look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed Sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars, or other optical device. Similarly, do not look at the Sun through a camera, a telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device while using your eclipse glasses or hand-held solar viewer — the concentrated solar rays will damage the filter and enter your eye(s), causing serious injury. Seek expert advice from an astronomer before using a solar filter with a camera, a telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device.
An alternative method for safe viewing of the partially eclipsed Sun is pinhole projection. For example, cross the outstretched, slightly open fingers of one hand over the outstretched, slightly open fingers of the other. With your back to the Sun, look at your hands’ shadow on the ground. The little spaces between your fingers will project a grid of small images on the ground, showing the Sun as a crescent during the partial phases of the eclipse.
Lastly, NASA will be live streaming the eclipse here: https://www.nasa.gov/
A solar eclipse is one of nature’s grandest spectacles. By following these simple rules, you can safely enjoy the view and be rewarded with memories to last a lifetime.
Safety information courtesy of NASA (K.Stella)
Air Quality Link: South Fork Fire
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)
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/
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, 209-379-1446, email@example.com, or Human Resource Specialist Cyndi Mattiuzzi, 209-379-1806, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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)
The Yosemite Haircare is temporarily closed. Yosemite Hospitality will share reopening information once available. (L. Cesaro)
CONSTRUCTION & TRAFFIC DELAYS
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 through 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 through 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)