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avatar Fire Crews Monitor Ash Fire
June 15, 2016 04:02PM
The Ash Fire, a lightning-caused fire, was ignited and detected on June 12th. It is approximately two acres in size and is burning in the Golden Trout Wilderness southeast of Mulkey Meadows. Smoke may be visible along the Highway 395 corridor north of Olancha. Please do not report this fire.

There is currently no threat to life or property. The fire is burning is a mixture of mahogany, pinyon pine, and Jeffrey pine at 8,500 ft. The fire is burning in steep, rugged, and inaccessible terrain. Fire spread is primarily from rollouts; burning material that gets loosened, rolls down the steep slope, and ignites vegetation below.

Fire crews are monitoring the fire and using bucket drops from helicopter to help direct and slow the fire spread. The fire behavior is low intensity, burning the sparse dead and down vegetation in the area. Crews plan to use a confine/contain strategy to slow the fire’s spread towards Wormhole Canyon.

More than 300 lightning strikes occurred in the southern district of the forest. Crews will also continue to monitor the area for sleeper fires, which may have ignited during the storm, but will begin to show smoke as conditions get warmer and drier.
avatar Ash Fire Update - June 20, 2016
June 20, 2016 01:10PM
The Ash fire that started on June 12th by lightning has been monitored for the past few days by fire personnel. There has been minimal activity and no further growth to the fire that remains around 110 acres. There is still a chance smoke may be visible from Highway 395 north of Olancha. The fire is currently smoldering in a few spots which is making smoke production very light. No other significant activity has happened for the last three days.

Firefighters will continue to monitor the Ash fire to ensure the fire is confined.
Re: Fire Crews Monitor Ash Fire
June 20, 2016 01:39PM
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eeek
... The fire is burning is a mixture of mahogany, pinyon pine, and Jeffrey pine at 8,500 ft. The fire is burning in steep, rugged, and inaccessible terrain....

Mahogany?
Re: Fire Crews Monitor Ash Fire
June 20, 2016 03:30PM
Perhaps mountain mahogany (Cercocarpus parvifolius), which probably won't be found around 8500' near Yosemite, but in the Golden Trout closer to the eastern side, chaparral plants may range that high. Pinyon Pine would be consistent with a drier setting.
avatar Re: Fire Crews Monitor Ash Fire
June 20, 2016 07:48PM
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basilbop
Perhaps mountain mahogany (Cercocarpus parvifolius), which probably won't be found around 8500' near Yosemite, but in the Golden Trout closer to the eastern side, chaparral plants may range that high. Pinyon Pine would be consistent with a drier setting.

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Old Dude
Re: Fire Crews Monitor Ash Fire
June 20, 2016 10:35PM
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basilbop
Perhaps mountain mahogany (Cercocarpus parvifolius), which probably won't be found around 8500' near Yosemite, but in the Golden Trout closer to the eastern side, chaparral plants may range that high. Pinyon Pine would be consistent with a drier setting.
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I did.

Probably not C. parvifolius, but there are other bushy relatives within Cercocarpus that grow in CA, which might qualify, and which have been called that. Certainly not worth quibbling over...

I had never heard of "mountain mahogany" before.
avatar Re: Fire Crews Monitor Ash Fire
June 21, 2016 01:38PM
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mrcondron
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basilbop
Perhaps mountain mahogany (Cercocarpus parvifolius), which probably won't be found around 8500' near Yosemite, but in the Golden Trout closer to the eastern side, chaparral plants may range that high. Pinyon Pine would be consistent with a drier setting.

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http://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/plant-of-the-week/cercocarpus_ledifolius.shtml
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