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Yosemite Valley Prescribed Burn Notification--YV 9B

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avatar Yosemite Valley Prescribed Burn Notification--YV 9B
September 15, 2003 11:44AM
<HTML>The National Park Service plans to conduct a prescribed burn in Yosemite Valley to reduce hazard fuels, preserve oak woodlands, and reduce conifer invasion into the meadow grassland. Besides being used to thin forests and reduce unnatural fuel loads in areas that are in close proximity to public and private structures and use areas, prescribed fire is used to simulate the effects of a natural lightning- caused fire. Weather and air quality conditions permitting, this burn is scheduled for Tuesday, September 16th.

The burn will be located in Yosemite Valley, between Northside Drive and the Merced River, immediately West of the El Capitan Crossover Road. This planned prescribed burn will total approximately 57 acres. This unit is composed primarily of meadow grasses with some scattered pines and oaks. This unit was last burned in 1999.

Park staff will monitor smoke on a consistent basis. However, smoke will accumulate in the area and is typically more abundant at night and during the early morning hours. Residents and visitors are advised to take precautions to minimize smoke impacts to health. People with respiratory problems should use caution when exerting themselves in smoky areas.

Please note that one lane of Northside Drive may be closed to all but emergency vehicles and parking on the south side of the road will be restricted.

If you have questions, please call the Prescribed Fire Information Line at 209/375-9577</HTML>

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