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Yosemite National Park Tuesday, July 24th, 2018

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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park

Tuesday, July 24th, 2018

 

Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast

Today: Mostly cloudy. Mostly cloudy with a 20 percent 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 87 to 92 at 5000 feet...74 to 79 at 8000 feet.

Tonight: Mostly clear. A 20 percent chance of thunderstorms in the evening. Haze and areas of smoke through the night. Lows 63 to 71 at 5000 feet...52 to 60 at 8000 feet.

Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy. Haze and areas of smoke through the day. Slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs 89 to 94 at 5000 feet...76 to 81 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

 

Community Meeting In Yosemite Valley Today

The Unified Commanders, CAL FIRE, US Forest Service, and Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office, will be hosting a community meeting at the Valley Auditorium (behind the Valley Visitor Center) to discuss the current situation of the Ferguson Fire. The meeting is planned for 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 24th, at the Valley Auditorium, behind the Valley Visitor Center. Officials will be giving an operational overview briefing highlighting the current actions that firefighters are taking on the fire. Current maps of the fire will be available, as well as other handouts. Additionally, officials will be available to answer questions.  (J. Trust)

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Ferguson Fire Morning Update for July 24, 2018

A Ferguson Fire community meeting is scheduled for today at 11 a.m. at the Yosemite Valley Auditorium, 9035 Village Drive, Yosemite National Park, CA. 95389. Representatives from the Unified Command of CAL FIRE, the U.S. Forest Service and the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office will present an overview of the current situation and actions underway to contain it. Parking is available along Village Drive or in the Yosemite Village Parking Area.

 

The Ferguson Fire was relatively calm throughout much of the area Monday as a heavy inversion layer kept fire activity to a minimum while crews worked to complete containment line on all fronts.

 

Firefighters are building a mix of handline and dozer line on the Stanislaus National Forest to build indirect line working up Soapstone Ridge, opening old roads near the burn scar of the 2014 Rim Fire. From there, the line heads east toward Eagle Peak and down to El Portal. Crews will strengthen and improve lines today.

 

On the Sierra National Forest side, containment line is in place from Jerseydale across to Wawona Campground and crews will continue to plan and be ready to implement strategic firing operations to help build a wider buffer to stop the fire’s spread.

 

Firefighters are mopping up hot spots and areas that are still smoking near Jerseydale while they weigh the options to continue tactical firing as conditions allow.

 

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

- Foresta

- 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. 

 

Animal Shelters: Small animals: SPCA of Mariposa County 5599 California 49, Mariposa, CA 95338 Large animals: 5007 Fairgrounds Road, Mariposa, CA 95338.  (M. Roubal)

 

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RECENT NEWS

 

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

- Foresta

- 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. 

 

Animal Shelters: Small animals: SPCA of Mariposa County 5599 California 49, Mariposa, CA 95338 Large animals: 5007 Fairgrounds Road, Mariposa, CA 95338.  (M. Roubal)

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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.org for assistance.  (L. Spielman)

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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 erin_dickman@nps.gov.  (E. Dickman)

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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)

 

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