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Dog Rock Fire Suppression Efforts Continue in Yosemite National Park

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avatar Dog Rock Fire Suppression Efforts Continue in Yosemite National Park
October 08, 2014 08:38PM
Suppression efforts continue on the approximately 250 acre Dog Rock Fire in Yosemite National Park. Air and ground attack has been aided by favorable weather conditions, which have resulted in minimal fire growth on the western boundary of the park near the Highway 140 entrance. Currently, there is no estimate on the fire’s containment; however crews continue to make significant progress. The National Park Service is being assisted by the United States Forest Service and the California Interagency Incident Management Team 3.

Highway 140 into Yosemite National Park remains closed at the park boundary. Yosemite National Park remains open and Yosemite Valley can be accessed via highways 41, 120 west, and 120 east via Tioga Pass. Campgrounds, hotels, and other visitor services are open and operating at normal hours. The evacuation of the community of Foresta is still in effect.

“With great sadness, the Yosemite National Park community would like to express its deepest condolences to CAL FIRE for the loss of pilot, Geoffrey “Craig” Hunt. Yesterday, Craig lost his life fighting the Dog Rock Fire,” stated Don Neubacher, Yosemite National Park Superintendent. “He died serving and protecting the public from wildland fire. As members of the wildland firefighting community, we also mourn his loss and our thoughts are with his family and loved ones.” All inquiries regarding the accident involving Hunt, the CAL FIRE pilot who died in yesterday’s accident, should be referred to CAL FIRE Public Information Officer Daniel Berlant at (916) 651-3473.
avatar Re: Dog Rock Fire Suppression Efforts Continue in Yosemite National Park
October 09, 2014 07:33PM
  • The Dog Rock Fire, which began Tuesday afternoon in El Portal, is currently at 250 acres, with 10% containment. The fire grew very little overnight. We expect containment to increase today.
  • The evacuation order for Foresta will be lifted at 1:00 pm today. There are no other evacuation orders at this time.
  • A Type 1 team took over management of the fire at 6 pm yesterday.
  • The Type 1 team has authorized PG&E to assess the power lines. PG&E flew the line for damage assessment this morning. They will confer with the NPS regarding the extent of the damage to power line and poles and estimate the needed repairs in order to restore power to Yosemite Valley.
  • Highway 140 remains closed, due to potential rockfall hazard and the NTSB investigation. NPS roads and resource staff are assessing the extent of the hazard. We still anticipate the road will be closed for at least another 24 hours.
  • All of the other areas of the park remain open. California Highways 41, 120 - Big Oak Flat Road and Tioga Pass as well as the road immediately in the Valley remain open.
  • Smoke will likely be prevalent in El Portal in the morning and in Yosemite Valley in the afternoon.
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