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Yosemite National Park Wednesday, July 18th, 2018

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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Wednesday, July 18th, 2018
 
Today: Mostly cloudy. Haze and areas of smoke. A 20 percent chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Near the crest, a 50 percent chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs 86 to 94 at 5000 feet...76 to 82 at 8000 feet.
Tonight: Partly cloudy. A 20 percent chance of thunderstorms in the evening. Near the crest, mostly cloudy with a chance of thunderstorms in the evening, then partly cloudy with a slight chance of thunderstorms after midnight. Haze and areas of smoke. Lows 64 to 74 at 5000 feet...54 to 62 at 8000 feet.
FridayMostly cloudy. Slight chance of thunderstorms in the morning, then chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Haze and areas of smoke through the day. Near the crest, haze and areas of smoke in the afternoon. Chance of thunderstorms 50 percent. Highs 85 to 91 at 5000 feet...73 to 79 at 8000 feet.
 
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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY

 

Ferguson Fire Update, July 18th, 7am

 

The fire was fairly quiet overnight, with activity picking up in the area around Sweetwater Creek shortly before dawn. The fire is now established in the bottom of Sweetwater Creek. Crews worked overnight on securing line around Cedar Lodge and Indian Flat. The power line has been completed, and power has been restored to the area. Work also continued on containment lines protecting the communities of Jerseydale/ Mariposa Pines and Yosemite West.

 

Today, crews will continue to monitor and mop up in the areas around Cedar Lodge, Indian Flat, and Cold Canyon. They will begin contingency line construction up Pinoche Ridge from the Merced River, improve dozer and handlines around Yosemite West and Jerseydale, and take suppression action to keep the fire East of Snyder Ridge. They will also use aerial resources to try to keep the fire on top of Ferguson Ridge when conditions permit.

 

Weather today is predicted to be hot and dry, and the smoke inversion is again expected to stay over the area until mid- to late- afternoon. Monsoonal moisture is expected to start pushing in from the South, and some thunderstorm buildup can be expected over the Sierra Crest by late afternoon. Thunderstorms can produce gusty, erratic winds, causing hazards to firefighters.

 

Incident Start Date: 7/13/2018 Incident Start Time: 9:36 p.m.

Incident Type: Vegetation Fire Cause: Under Investigation

Incident Location: Merced River Canyon

Unified Command Agencies: CAL FIRE, US Forest Service, Mariposa County Sheriff

 

Size: 17,319 acres Containment: 5% Expected Full Containment: Unknown

 

Mandatory Evacuations: Areas that are currently under a mandatory evacuation include: Incline Rd from Clearing House to the last BLM campground; Jerseydale/ Mariposa Pines; Cedar Lodge/ Indian Flat Campground, Savage’s Trading Post and Sweetwater Ridge.

Incline Rd from Clearing House to the Foresta Bridge.

 

Evacuation Advisory: This is NOT an Evacuation Order. This is an advisement only of a potential Evacuation Order should conditions change.

• Yosemite West

• Lushmeadows Community

• Ponderosa Basin Community

• Triangle Rd from Jerseydale Rd to Hwy 49 South including all side roads.

• Darrah Rd from Triangle to Sherrod Rd

• East side of Hwy 49S from Darrah Rd to Harris Rd- This includes Boyer Rd, Woodland Area, Wass Rd, Tip Top Rd

• National Park Service El Portal Complex

• Rancheria Flat- Government Housing

• El Portal Trailer Court

• Old El Portal

 

New Life Christian Fellowship: 5089 Cole Rd, Mariposa, CA 95338

 

Highway 140 is closed from Abbie Rd in El Portal to 14 miles north of Mariposa. Incline Rd, River Road from Briceburg to the gate at Railroad Flat and all Campground areas closed. Hites Cove / Jerseydale Rd. 

 

Small Animal Shelter: 

SPCA of Mariposa County:  5599 CA-49, Mariposa, CA 95338

Large Animal Shelter: 

Mariposa County Fairgrounds: 5007 Fairgrounds Rd, Mariposa, CA 95338

 

To sign up for the Mariposa Sheriff’s Office Emergency Alert System visit: https://local.nixle.com/register/

 

Air Quality Links

 

https://airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=airnow.local_city&mapcenter=0&cityid=533

 

http://www.valleyair.org/Home.htm

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Community Meeting in El Portal Today, 4pm

The Unified Commanders, CAL FIRE, US Forest Service and Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office, will be hosting a community meeting to discuss the current situation of the Ferguson Fire. Officials will be giving an operational 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.

 

7/18/18, 4pm 

El Portal Community Hall

5512 Foresta Rd.

El Portal, CA 95318

 

Please arrive early as the meeting will start promptly at 4:00 p.m. If you have questions about the meeting, please call the Ferguson Fire Info Line (530) 377-6221.

 

To sign up for the Mariposa Sheriff’s Office Emergency Alert System visit: https://local.nixle.com/register/  

To register for email updates for the Ferguson Fire Information: 

www.tinyurl.com/fergusonfire

For additional information on returning home after a wildfire, go to: 

http://www.readyforwildfire.org/After-a-Wildfire/

 

(S.Miyako)

 

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RECENT NEWS


Ferguson Fire Update, July 17, 2018

The Ferguson Fire is 12, 525 acres and 5% contained. Residences and businesses in the State Route 140 corridor continue to be impacted. As the fire continues to move East and South, it will continue to threaten residences in the Jerseydale, Mariposa Pines, Clearing House and Incline areas. Fire crews are fighting the fire aggressively. Very steep terrain makes it difficult to insert crews in certain areas of the fire. Management Action Points have been established to provide the highest level of protection to both the public and firefighters and other emergency responders. The closure of State Route 140 at Mariposa continues to close the Western entrance to Yosemite National Park. 

 

Power lines that provide electric service to the Yosemite Valley were re-energized today restoring some service East of the fire including Yosemite National Park.

 

The fire continues to spread South and East toward Jerseydale, Mariposa Pines, and Yosemite West. 

 

Aircraft utilization has been limited due to a strong inversion layer. Instability will return to the area Wednesday with an increase in the potential for thunderstorms and outflow winds.

 

Mandatory Evacuations: Areas that are currently under a mandatory evacuation include: Incline Rd from Clearing House to the last BLM campground; Jerseydale/ Mariposa Pines; Cedar Lodge/ Indian Flat Campground, Savage’s Trading Post and Sweetwater Ridge.

Incline Rd from Clearing House to the Foresta Bridge.

 

Evacuation Advisory: This is NOT an Evacuation Order. This is an advisement only of a potential Evacuation Order should conditions change.

• Yosemite West

• Lushmeadows Community

• Ponderosa Basin Community

• Triangle Rd from Jerseydale Rd to Hwy 49 South including all side roads.

• Darrah Rd from Triangle to Sherrod Rd

• East side of Hwy 49S from Darrah Rd to Harris Rd- This includes Boyer Rd, Woodland Area, Wass Rd, Tip Top Rd

• National Park Service El Portal Complex

• Rancheria Flat- Government Housing

• El Portal Trailer Court

• Old El Portal

 

New Life Christian Fellowship: 5089 Cole Rd, Mariposa, CA 95338

 

Highway 140 is closed from Abbie Rd in El Portal to 14 miles north of Mariposa. Incline Rd, River Road from Briceburg to the gate at Railroad Flat and all Campground areas closed. Hites Cove / Jerseydale Rd. 

 

Small Animal Shelter: 

SPCA of Mariposa County:  5599 CA-49, Mariposa, CA 95338

Large Animal Shelter: 

Mariposa County Fairgrounds: 5007 Fairgrounds Rd, Mariposa, CA 95338

 

To sign up for the Mariposa Sheriff’s Office Emergency Alert System visit: https://local.nixle.com/register/

 

Air Quality Links

 

https://airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=airnow.local_city&mapcenter=0&cityid=533

 

http://www.valleyair.org/Home.htm

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Additional Fire Map Information
Fire EGP Situational Awareness Public Map allows you to click additional layers to turn them on, change the base map, or add your own layers to the map view. Red-carded folks can request an EGP account to access other tools and information. 
 
Fire EGP Situational Awareness Public Map allows you to click additional layers to turn them on, change the base map, or add your own layers to the map view. Red-carded folks can request an EGP account to access other tools and info. 
 
NIFC FTP Incident Specific Data is where PDF maps and GIS data files are posted by the incident management team.
 
SimTable Active Fire Progressions has animated fire progression maps. (E. Hale)
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Raft Rentals Closed for the Season

Due to low river depth, Raft Rentals has closed for the season. We look forward to seeing everyone on the river next season! (L. Cesaro)

 

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Ferguson Fire Update, July 16th, 7:15am
Location: Merced River Canyon
Structures Threatened: 108
Acres Burned: 9266
Resources Assigned: 332
Containment: 2%
Fire Started: July 13, 2018
Injuries: 0
Cause: Under Investigation
Fatalities: 1
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. 
 
Follow InciWeb for updates on the fire at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5927/
 
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)
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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)
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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)
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Sign And Dine Thursday - CANCELLED
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)
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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 ​2​6th 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)
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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)
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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 yose_volunteers@nps.gov for more information!   (C. Timpone)
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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.buczko@gmail.com.
 
Clients and prospective clients can continue to contact Carol Johnson, LCSW, by calling 777-8764 or emailing Carol at carol@caroljjohnson.net.  (C. Griffin)
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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 hodges.marcia@gmail.com or call 510-207-5951.  (M. Hodges)
 
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CONSTRUCTION & TRAFFIC DELAYS
 
Art Activity Center
From late June through mid-July,  wetland restoration is occurring at the site of the demolished Art Activity Center to return less than 1 acre of seasonal wetland at the former building site. Crew will be re-shaping the topography of the wetland area and replacing the construction fencing with split rail fencing in July, then planting native plants in autumn.
 
Sentinel Meadow Boardwalk
From late June through mid-July, riverbank restoration is occurring in Sentinel Meadow in a less than 0.25 acre area. Crew will add fences to protect unstable riverbanks, protect vegetation, and define a viewing area of Yosemite Falls in July, then plant native plants in autumn. Portions of boardwalk will be temporarily closed for repair and safety
 
Ahwahnee Meadow
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)

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