Ferguson Fire Update, July 16th, 7:15am
Location: Merced River Canyon
Structures Threatened: 108
Acres Burned: 9266
Resources Assigned: 332
Fire Started: July 13, 2018
Cause: Under Investigation
Crews successfully held the fire along Highway 140 and protected structures as the fire showed significant growth to the south in Nutmeg and Devils Gulch area. Crews initiated several important new containment lines including Sweetwater Ridge on the southwest flank of the fire. Contingency lines are also being established on the fire's eastern flank to check the fire's movement toward Yosemite West.
Structure protection engines have arrived and are setting up to protect homes and businesses between the Cedar Lodge area and Hite’s Cove. Additional engines are being inserted into Jerseydale and Yosemite West to formulate structure protection plans. Firefighters have also begun construction of contingency lines along Sweetwater Ridge south of fire and along the Pinache Ridge on the north flank of the fire.
Firefighters are aggressively fighting the fire at locations where they have the highest probability of success and they have adequate time to construct the fire ahead of its advance.
Mandatory Evacuation Areas that are currently under a mandatory evacuation include: Clearing House; Mariposa Pines; Cedar Lodge/Savage’s Trading Post and Sweetwater Ridge.
Fire Advisement: Yosemite West and all of Jerseydale Road to Scott Road and Scott Road to Bear Clover are under Fire Advisement and should be prepared to evacuation should conditions change.
Road Closure: Highway 140 north of Mariposa remains closed due to firefighting activities and an on-going investigation into the fire’s cause. Hwy 140 is closed from Foresta Bridge to Briceburg. Other road closures included River Road from Briceburg to the gate at Railroad Flat and all Campground areas are closed. Hite's Cove Road from Bear Clover Road to the Merced River.
Smoke Impacts: Smoke is expected to continue to impact adjoining communities, especially during night and early morning hours. Learn more about air quality, and daily smoke forecasts by visiting either www.airnow.gov or www.valleyair.org. (A. Freeman)
Blasting On Four Mile Trail July 25
Trails is planning on doing one blast on the Four Mile Trail July 25. There will be one short closure on the trail that day, and noise expected in Yosemite Valley. (G. Torres)
Dean Shenk Retirement Bar-B-Que July 31
After 41 years of service, Saturday September 1st, 2018 will be Dean Shenk’s final day working for NPS. Come join Dean to celebrate his career on Tuesday, July 31st from 6:00 p.m,. to 10:00 p.m. in the Grey Barn in Wawona. Table service and bar-b-que Tri-Tip will be provided (however, bringing your own mess kit is encouraged). Bring a side dish & folding chairs or "Lawn Chairs" if convenient. (J. Woolman)
Sign And Dine Thursday
Know sign language and want to practice? Yosemite Deaf Services is hosting a weekly “Sign and Dine” on Thursday nights at the Loft above Degnan’s Deli from 6 to 7:30pm. starting Thursday, July 19th. Any signing level welcome! Come to eat dinner and connect with others in the signing community. For more information, call Yosemite Deaf Services at 379-5250. (K. Stella)
Curry Orchard Apple Picking July 26
All visitors, employees, and residents are invited to pick apples to help keep bears wild! These ripe apples attract bears to 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.
Picking will take place Thursday, July 26th at Curry Village Apple Orchard from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Parking will not be allowed in the Curry Village Orchard Lot from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Please check with your supervisor before attending. Even an hour of your time will be greatly appreciated. (C. Lee-Roney)
Ice Cream For Volunteers Friday
Calling all volunteers, interns, supervisors of volunteers, friends of (park) volunteers, and folks in divisions that work with volunteers. Ice cream is going to be given to you for all the wonderful work you do! Stop by the Volunteer Field Office in the Valley (behind the Fort) for a variety of ice cream and an even wider variety of toppings being served up. This once-in-a-summer-month event will be held from 4 to 6 pm on July 20th. Mark your calendars now and tell all the volunteers that you know about it! (C. Timpone)
Call For Mentors/Panelists July 28
Yosemite will be hosting "We.R.More - Workshop for Ethnic and Racial Minorities in Outdoor Recreation and Education," July 27th - 30th. Yosemite is inviting ten stewards from the gateway communities who are passionate about the park's RDI efforts and will propose ideas on how to assist on moving efforts forward. Mentors, speakers, and/or panelists are needed on July 28th for participants of the workshop to meet and talk with. If you are interested in this opportunity, please email email@example.com for more information! (C. Timpone)
Yosemite Medical Clinic Expanded Behavioral Health Services
Two licensed therapists now provide services in the Valley. In addition to the services currently offered by Carol Johnson, LCSW, Mariposa County's Department of Human Services now also offers subsidized (no out-of-pocket cost) counseling services and wellness workshops by Jenni Buczko, MA, LPCC. Feeling stressed at work or home? More anxious than usual? Feeling more down, hopeless, or lost? Recently experience a tough transition or traumatic event? For help, more information, or to book an appointment (first come, first served) call Jenni at 268-2286 or email Jenni.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Clients and prospective clients can continue to contact Carol Johnson, LCSW, by calling 777-8764 or emailing Carol at email@example.com. (C. Griffin)
Seeking Housemates In Midpines
Spacious 2000 sq. ft. house has 2 bedrooms available. Large open living room, dining room, & kitchen. Two refrigerators, dishwasher, oven, microwave, dining room table set provided. Electric HVAC, swamp cooler, plus wood burning stove. Shared separate laundry room with washer and dryer. Huge deck on 2 sides of the house with views of distant hills. Storage for gear, bikes, etc. Sits on 7+ acres of beautiful rolling hills and trees just off Colorado Road and East Whitlock, 10 min. from Mariposa. $400 or $425/month for one year lease, plus electric & WiFi. No smokers. Credit check. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 510-207-5951. (M. Hodges)