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Yosemite National Park Thursday, June 28th, 2018

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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park

Thursday, June 28th, 2018

 

Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast

 

Today: Sunny. Areas of smoke near the crest. Highs 80 to 86 at 5000 feet...70 to 75 at 8000 feet.

Tonight: Clear. Areas of smoke near the crest. Lows 53 to 61 at 5000 feet...43 to 51 at 8000 feet.

Friday: Sunny. Highs 81 to 87 at 5000 feet...71 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

 

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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY

 

Yosemite GIS User Group June 28 TODAY

Do you use GIS in your job? A meeting for GIS users is scheduled for Thursday, June 28 at 10am in the El Portal Large Breakroom. Any and all park employees interested in GIS are invited to come and learn more about Yosemite's GIS program and participate in discussions about mobile data collection and more. Contact Elizabeth Hale at elizabeth_hale@nps.gov or 379-1307 if you have questions.

 

Yosemite GIS SharePoint page: http://sharepoint.yose.nps.gov/reso/gis/SitePages/Home.aspx

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Sue Beatty Retirement Dinner TODAY June 28

Sue Beatty,The Yosemite Giant of Ecological restoration, is retiring! Join in to show Sue your appreciation of her 30+ years of service in making Yosemite a better place. Email mitzi_thornley@nps.gov if you want to be added to the agenda to honor Sue with stories or words of appreciation. 

 

The Mexican themed potluck dinner will be held Thursday, June 28th from 5 pm to 8 pm at the Cedar Lodge in El Portal.  (M. Thornley)

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Recruiting Priorities Dialogue For Supervisors TODAY

Please join the Superintendent's Office and Allies for Inclusion facilitators for a dialogue on recruiting priorities for Yosemite's 100 vacancies. The first in a series of three dialogues will take place on Thursday, June 28th, 1-2:30 pm in the Valley Emergency Services Conference Room. Please RSVP to yose_rdi@nps.gov.  (S. Martinez)

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Croaking Toad Presentation, June 28th TODAY

Croaking Toad Presentation on Thursday, June 28, 2018 from 8:30 am to 9:30 am in the El Portal Warehouse Maintenance Complex in the Large Breakroom. Presented by Stefanny Villagomez, Independent Biologist, Mexico, Steve Albert, The Institute for Bird Populations, and Michelle Desrosiers, Yosemite National Park "Yosemite to Mexico: Monitoring Migratory Birds Across the full Annual Cycle."  (M. Thornley)

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Lisa Jacobson's Arrowhead

Lisa Jacobson's arrowhead will be available to sign at the service counter in the warehouse, you can also drop by and wish her well on her new job, she will be here through July 6th. (L. Perez)

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Yosemite Creek Campground will open on Thursday, June 28. Yosemite Creek is first come, first served and located down a narrow, 5 mile, mostly dirt access road and is therefore not suitable for RV's or trailers. The cost is $12 per night, self registration. Call 209-372-0266 for current campground status. (E.Bissmeyer)

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Yosemite Medical Clinic Summer Hours

Beginning Monday, July 2, Yosemite Medical Clinic will be open seven days per week, from 9:00 AM till 7:00 PM.  Walk in patients will be accepted until 6:30 PM.

 

Due to staffing limitations, the Clinic will be without X-ray capability from time to time this summer.

 

For more information or to make an appointment, please call 209-372-4637.  (C. Griffin) 

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Yosemite GIS User Group June 28

Do you use GIS in your job? A meeting for GIS users is scheduled for Thursday, June 28 at 10am in the El Portal Large Breakroom. Any and all park employees interested in GIS are invited to come and learn more about Yosemite's GIS program and participate in discussions about mobile data collection and more. Contact Elizabeth Hale at elizabeth_hale@nps.gov or 379-1307 if you have questions.

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Lions Fire Update 6-26-18-  Forest Service NewsRelease

The Lions Fire is located in the Ansel Adams Wilderness, and has grown to 2959 acres. Ignited by a lightning strike that was detected in early June, the fire is burning in rugged terrain primarily in the Stairway Creek drainage, north and west of the Middle Fork of the San Joaquin River.

 

Fire activity moderated in recent days as the fire reached previously burned areas, including the 2017 Butte Fire footprint to the west, and the 1992 Rainbow Fire footprint to the east. Yesterday’s firefighting efforts were focused on the southwest side of the fire, north of the Middle Fork of the San Joaquin River, and the northeast side, near Summit Meadow.

 

A community meeting is scheduled for tomorrow, Thursday, June 28, 2018, at the Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center, 2510 Main St, at 6:00 pm. Interested members of the public and media are encouraged to attend. Fire management staff will be present to answer questions.

 

All lodging and recreational services are open in Mammoth Lakes and Devils Postpile National Monument. The Pacific Crest Trail and the John Muir Trail are open at this time. The following lateral trails leading into the fire area will be closed in the near future: Sierra NF: 26E01 (Mammoth Trail) to the Inyo NF Boundary, 26E56, 26E14, and 2646 from the Inyo NF boundary. Inyo NF trail closures include 26E01 from the Sierra NF to 2601 junction, and 2601 from the boundary of the Inyo NF and Devils Postpile National Monument (King Creek Trail). 

 

Fire plays an essential role in maintaining forest health. The Lions Fire is reducing heavy fuel loads in areas with no recent fire history, which promotes forest resiliency and reduces drought stress. The fire is currently staffed by 266 people, including seven crews of firefighters and eight helicopters. Aircraft is providing logistical support to firefighters and cooling hot spots near fireline construction. 

 

Air quality and smoke forecasts are available at https://www.wildlandfiresmoke.net/. To see smoke impacts in the area, visit webcams at www.mammothmountain.com.

 

For more information, see https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/news/5850/ or call 760-582-5203.  (S. Saunders) 

 

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RECENT NEWS

 

2018 Wildfire Defensible Space Inspections Beginning July 9th

This fire season is off to another very warm and dry start. In an effort to help you, Yosemite Fire requires residents and owners of buildings to complete defensible space clearing. This year inspections will begin in El Portal around July 9th and work down to Foresta and then Wawona. There has been great success and compliance over the years, and this year is sure to be even better!  

 

Please refer to the following website for useful information regarding defensible space: https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/management/upload/defensiblespace.pdf 

 

Fire Inspector Blake Scott and Fire Information Officer Shanelle Saunders will be completing the inspections this year. If you have any questions regarding defensible space requirements please send an email to the Fire Prevention Office at yose_fire_prevention@nps.gov. If you would like to be put on the Yosemite Fire Information email list, contact the Fire Information Officer at yose_fire_info@nps.gov.  (K. Martin)

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Yosemite Valley Campground Reservation Office Selling Some Passes

The Yosemite Valley Campground Reservation office sells Interagency Annual Passes, Lifetime Senior Passes, and Access Passes.  Yosemite 7 day entrance passes can also be purchased at this location.  Anyone looking to purchase any other type of pass can do so at any entrance station. (S. Montroy)

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  Lions Fire Reaches the Inyo National Forest -  Forest Service Press Release
Clovis, CA. June 24, 2018 – The Lions Fire started on the Sierra National Forest around June 1st as a lightning strike, and is burning near the Lion Point area in the Ansel Adams Wilderness. It crossed onto the Inyo National Forest on June 22 and is now being co-managed by both the Sierra and the Inyo National Forests. Due to strong winds the evening of June 24 of 20-30 mph, the fire spread to the south and west and is now about 1000 acres, 7 miles southwest of Mammoth Lakes.

The fire is burning at 6000-8000’ elevation in red fir with some growth to the southeast. Large areas of standing dead and down timber are within and surroundin the burning area. There is no present threat to structures or public safety. 

The fire will be managed for multiple resource and protection objectives including suppression, air quality, firefighter safety and hazardous vegetation reduction. Because the fire is burning in designated wilderness, fire officials will be using MIST (Minimum Impact Suppression Tactics), such as using natural barriers for containment lines and minimizing mechanical disturbance with chainsaws or aircraft. 

To maximize daylight work time, crews are camping near the fire and consist of four Type I hotshot crews and a Wildland Fire Module.

The communities near the fire can expect smoke impacts in varying degrees for the next two- three weeks. Air quality and smoke forecasts will be available as the incident progresses.

For more information, see Lions Fire https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/news/5850/ or 760-582-5203.  (S. Saunders)

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Independence Day Fire Safety
Independence Day is just around the corner and Yosemite Fire and Aviation wants to remind residents and visitors to be extra careful with fire by following a few guidelines: 

- No fireworks are permitted within Yosemite National Park
- Always make sure your campfire is dead out before leaving
- Follow all posted signs and restrictions
- Celebrate Independence Day safely and joyfully

For fire information contact: yose_fire_info@nps.gov  or follow us on Facebook and Twitter @YosemiteFire.  (S. Saunders)
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Merced River Plan Restoration Implementation 

Wetland restoration at the Art Activity Center begins June 26th and will continue through the end of July. This project returns 0.8 acres of what was the former Art Activity Center into a seasonal wetland. Crew will be shaping the wetland area, planting native plants, and replacing the construction fencing with split rail fencing.

 

Riverbank restoration at Sentinel Meadow Boardwalk begins June 25th and will continue through mid-July. Workers will add fences to protect unstable riverbanks, protect vegetation and define a viewing area of Yosemite Falls. Crew will also plant native plants over 900 square feet of trampled vegetation. Portions of the boardwalk will be intermittently closed for repair and for visitor safety during fence construction.  (G. Dickman)

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Croaking Toad Presentation Thursday

Croaking Toad Presentation on Thursday, June 28, 2018 from 8:30 am to 9:30 am in the El Portal Warehouse Maintenance Complex in the Large Breakroom. Presented by Stefanny Villagomez, Independent Biologist, Mexico, Steve Albert, The Institute for Bird Populations, and Michelle Desrosiers, Yosemite National Park "Yosemite to Mexico: Monitoring Migratory Birds Across the full Annual Cycle."  (M. Thornley)

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High Elevation Forest Monitoring New Video

The Sierra Nevada Network Inventory & Monitoring Program has a new video available highlighting our high elevation forest monitoring project, that can be viewed at https://youtu.be/q3DA9oxsusQ. Enjoy traveling to a foxtail pine stand in Sequoia National Park, learning about these iconic trees, and seeing how our field crew monitors these subalpine forests. In Yosemite, enjoy the beauty of whitebark pine after a mid-September 2017 snowstorm and the raucous calls of Clark’s Nutcrackers as they forage on the seeds of these pines. 

 

For more information about the Sierra Nevada Network Inventory & Monitoring Program, a National Park Service program monitoring natural resources in Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks and Devils Postpile National Monument, visit this web page: https://science.nature.nps.gov/IM/units/sien/index.cfm (L. Mutch)

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