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Fire Update September 20th, 2018

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avatar Fire Update September 20th, 2018
September 22, 2018 11:53AM
There are multiple fires burning in Yosemite National Park's wilderness. Wildfires when caused by lightning are a natural phenomenon on the landscape. While hiking trails and sitting at vistas you may see smoke in some of these areas.

Stage 2 Fire Restrictions are currently in place inside Yosemite National Park. Please review the details for Stage 2 Fire Restrictions, which will remain in place until further notice.

Fire Name: Rancheria Date: 9/19/18
Discovery Date: 9/8/18 Location: North end of Rancheria Mountain, in Yosemite's Wilderness
Size: 18.2 acres Status: Active
Strategy: Early planning phase, planned action to insert crew for detailed assessment.
Comments: Lightning caused. The fire is creeping though dead and down ground fuels in red fir. The spread is mostly north and southwest following vegetation pockets. There are some natural barriers including very green vegetation, rock out cropping's, and changes in vegetation. Smoke production has been very light with some overnight accumulation in the Tuolumne river canyon. Fire crews are on scene assessing fuels and spread potential as well as impacts to trails in the area.

Fire Name: Indian Date: 9/19/18
Discovery Date: 9/4/18 Location: Near Porcupine Camp Ground, in Yosemite's Wilderness
Size: 10.6 acres Status: Active
Strategy: Monitor
Comments: Lightning caused. Growth continues to be slow to the south and backing down hill and along rocky ridges. Fire behavior is smoldering and creeping in red fir. This fire is surrounded by many natural barriers and rock bands. Fire crews are monitoring daily with easy access off the Tioga road. Smoke may occasional be seen from Porcupine Campground and and view points above Yosemite Creek

Fire Name: Unicorn Date: 9/19/18
Discovery Date: 7/28/18 Location: Unicorn Peak Area, in Yosemite's Wilderness
Size: 2.6 acres Status: Active
Strategy: Occasional patrol with very low spread.
Comments: Lightning strike start at 9500 feet in elevation. Smoke may be visible from Tuolumne meadows.

Fire Name: Chain Lakes Date: 9/19/18
Discovery Date: 9/9/18 Location: Near Chain Lakes, in Yosemite's Wilderness
Size: .10 acres Status: Active
Strategy: Suppression tactics, crews will continue to mop up and monitor
Comments: Human caused.
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