Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Monday, July 23rd, 2018
Today: Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of thunderstorms. Haze and areas of smoke through the day. Near the crest, a 50 percent chance of showers in the afternoon. Highs 87 to 92 at 5000 feet...74 to 79 at 8000 feet.
Tonight: Partly cloudy. A 50 percent chance of thunderstorms in the evening, a 50 percent chance of showers in the evening. Near the crest, a 50 percent chance of thunderstorms, mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of showers in the evening, then partly cloudy after midnight. Haze and areas of smoke through the night. Chance of showers in the evening. Slight chance of thunderstorms through the night. Lows 62 to 70 at 5000 feet...52 to 58 at 8000 feet.
Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy. Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of thunderstorms. Near the crest, slight chance of thunderstorms in the morning, then chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Haze and areas of smoke. Highs 90 to 95 at 5000 feet...78 to 83 at 8000 feet.
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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY
Ferguson Fire Morning Update for July 23, 2018
Firefighters are making good progress building lines to help contain the 33,743-acre Ferguson Fire. The fire is 13% contained and one nonresidential structure has been reported destroyed but dozens more have been saved because of the efforts of crews throughout the fire area.
North of the Merced River, the fire is burning on the Stanislaus National Forest and fire managers are using a mix of heavy equipment and hand crews to improve roads and build lines in the Montgomery Gulch area. Line construction is progressing east toward Eagle Peak and Buena Vista. To the south, the fire continues to burn in the Chowchilla Mountain area and indirect-line construction is moving forward to protect Wawona and Yosemite National Park. Aerial firefighting resources including a pair of DC-10 tanker planes and a fleet of helicopters have been utilized to slow the fire’s spread.
Along the western edge, firefighters have had great success protecting structures in Jerseydale and are mopping up areas on the edge of the fire to ensure the fire remains within containment lines. Strategic firing operations along the Sweetwater drainage are complete and have provided even more protection for communities to the west.
Weather forecasts are calling for hotter and drier air throughout the week as conditions align for critical and extreme fire weather in the coming days.
Yosemite National Park remains open. For information on Yosemite National Park, go to: nps.gov/yose or call 209-372-0200.
Mandatory Evacuations: Areas that are currently under a mandatory evacuation include:
- Incline Road from Foresta Bridge to the last BLM campground
- Jerseydale/ Mariposa Pines
- Cedar Lodge/ Indian Flat Campground
- Savage’s Trading Post
- Sweetwater Ridge
- El Portal Trailer Court
- Rancheria Flat – Government Housing
- Old El Portal
- Yosemite View Lodge
- Yosemite West
- Anderson Valley
- Old Yosemite Road
Advisory Evacuations: This is NOT an Evacuation Order. This is an advisement only of a potential Evacuation Order should conditions change.
- Lushmeadows Community
- Ponderosa Basin Community
- Triangle Road from Jerseydale Road to Highway 49 South including all side roads.
- Darrah Road from Triangle to Sherrod Road.
- East side of Highway 49 South from Darrah Road to Harris Road - This includes Boyer Road, Woodland Area, Wass Road, Tip Top Road.
Evacuation Center(s): New Life Christian Fellowship: 5089 Cole Road, Mariposa, CA 95338.
Road Closures: Highway 140 is closed from the entrance of Yosemite National Park to 1.5 miles West of Midpines. Incline Road, River Road from Briceburg to the gate at Railroad Flat and all Campground areas along Highway 140 closed. Hites Cove / Jerseydale Road, Foresta Road, Anderson Valley Road and Old Yosemite Road.
Happy Isles Art & Nature Center Closure
Please inform visitors that Happy Isles Art and Nature Center will be closed Sunday July 22 - Saturday July 28, 2018 due to smoky conditions inside the building. All art classes and Junior Ranger walks are cancelled during this time as well. Potential reopening of Happy Isles Art & Nature Center will be assessed at the end of the week. If visitors have questions about refunds for art classes, they may email artcenter@yosemiteconservancy.
El Capitan Meadow Restoration
From late July through October, trail building, scenic vista and ecological restoration work is occurring in El Capitan Meadow. Trail crew will complete a trail along El Cap Crossover Road and add a fence to protect sensitive meadow habitat. Select trees will be removed to enhance designated viewing areas for visitors. Restoration crews will remove abandoned drainage ditches and informal trails to improve meadow habitat. For more information, email email@example.com. (E. Dickman)
Dean Shenk Retirement Dinner / Wawona Bar-B-Que July 31
After 41 years of service, Saturday September 1, 2018 will be Dean Shenk’s final day working for NPS. Come join Dean to celebrate his career on Tuesday, July 31st, 2018 from 6:00 p.m,. to 10:00 p.m. at the Grey Barn in the Pioneer Yosemite History Center in Wawona.
Table service and bar-b-que Tri-Tip will be provided. Bring a side dish and folding chairs or "Lawn Chairs" if convenient. (J. Woolman)
CONSTRUCTION & TRAFFIC DELAYS
From mid-July to early September, wetland restoration will occur at the southwest corner of Ahwahnee Meadow, to improve hydrology, native plant communities, and wildlife habitat in a less than 5 acre area. Staff will use heavy equipment to remove about 800-1,200 cubic yards of imported fill and contour the site for uninterrupted water flow. Staff will broadcast native seed and mulch in the area in autumn. The project is highly visible to the public and to Aramark staff housing. (G. Dickman)