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avatar Fire Situation
May 03, 2002 10:25AM
Over coming months, the park will be conducting prescribed fire operations to meet the 2002 management goals for wildland urban interface protection and ecosystem restoration. The park plans on burning between 300 and 700 acres in four separate areas. The largest burn is scheduled to begin this spring in the Gin Flat area along the Tioga Road east of the Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias. Prescribed burn blocks totaling 200 to 300 acres will be ignited south of the historic Wawona Hotel to reduce hazardous fuels adjacent to the community of Wawona near the park's south entrance. A 65 acre-prescribed fire near Hodgdon Meadow campground will build on previous nearby fuel treatments to lessen the risk of unwanted fire to park housing and facilities. Burns will also be made along Northside and Southside Drive in Yosemite Valley to restore meadows and a more open forest structure. Weather permitting, all burns will be conducted between April 23rd and July 1st.

During the burns, park operations will continue as usual, though foot and vehicle travel near these projects may be restricted for safety reasons.
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