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Combined Fire Update August 17, 2020

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avatar Combined Fire Update August 14, 2020
August 14, 2020 11:37AM
Blue Jay Fire
Location: In the wilderness 4 miles south of White Wolf campground and 1 mile west of Lukens Lake trail at approximately 9,000 feet elevation.
Discovery Date: July 24, 2020
Size: 80 acres
Containment: 0%
Strategy: Confine and Contain
Cause: Lightning

Wolf Fire
Location: In the wilderness 1 mile south of White Wolf campground and 2 miles west of Lukens Lake trail at approximately 9,000 feet elevation.
Discovery Date: August 11, 2020
Size: 1 acre
Containment: 0%
Strategy: Confine and Contain
Cause: Lightning

The Blue Jay Fire was ignited by lightning on July 24. The Wolf Fire was ignited by lightning on August 11.

The Blue Jay fire is currently not burning along any trails. The Wolf Fire is 150-200 yards from the Lukens Lake trail. The strategy for both fires is to confine and contain to a specific area, utilizing natural barriers for the fires to burn into, such as granite and bare ground. This minimizes fire suppression impacts in the wilderness and reduces exposure to firefighters in a remote area of the park where there are no trails or campgrounds. Firefighters will continue to monitor fire behavior. One Yosemite Wildfire Module (WFM) is committed to the Blue Jay Fire and various YNP Fire resources are committed to the Wolf Fire.

Both fires are creeping and smoldering through ground litter on the forest floor and burning in pockets of accumulated dead and down logs with some isolated single tree torching along the active perimeter. Smoke production has been light to moderate depending on fuels. Smoke has been lifting and rising 300 feet above tree line and dispersing out to the east. The fires are expected to continue creeping and smoldering as each burn through timber litter with an overstory of lodgepole and red fir.

The environment both fires are burning is a fire adapted ecosystem. There are currently no threats to infrastructure or access on maintained trails. Both fires may be visible from Tioga Road, Glacier Point, and from high country viewpoints.

Park Managers are working with the local Air Quality Districts and will be monitoring smoke impacts to the park and local communities.

For the most up-to-date fire information follow Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6888
avatar Combined Fire Update August 17, 2020
August 17, 2020 11:50AM
Blue Jay Fire
Location: In the wilderness 4 miles south of White Wolf campground and 1 mile west of Lukens Lake trail at approximately 9,000 feet elevation.
Discovery Date: July 24, 2020
Size: 117 acres
Containment: 0%
Strategy: Confine and Contain
Cause: Lightning

Wolf
Location: In the wilderness 1 mile south of White Wolf campground and 2 miles west of Lukens Lake trail at approximately 9,000 feet elevation.
Discovery Date: August 11, 2020
Size: 2 acres
Containment: 0%
Strategy: Confine and Contain
Cause: Lightning

The Blue Jay Fire was ignited by lightning on July 24. The Wolf Fire was ignited by lightning on August 11.

The Blue Jay fire is currently not burning along any trails. The Wolf Fire is 150-200 yards from the Lukens Lake trail. The strategy for both fires is to confine and contain to a specific area, utilizing natural barriers for the fires to burn into, such as granite and bare ground. This minimizes fire suppression impacts in the wilderness and reduces exposure to firefighters in a remote area of the park where there are no trails or campgrounds. Firefighters will continue to monitor fire behavior. One Yosemite Wildfire Module (WFM) is committed to the Blue Jay Fire and various YNP Fire resources are committed to the Wolf Fire.

Both fires are creeping and smoldering through ground litter on the forest floor and burning in pockets of accumulated dead and down logs with some isolated single tree torching along the active perimeter. Smoke production has been light to moderate depending on fuels. Smoke has been lifting and rising 300 feet above tree line and dispersing out to the east. The fires are expected to continue creeping and smoldering as each burn through timber litter with an overstory of lodgepole and red fir.

The environment in which both fires are burning is a fire adapted ecosystem. There are currently no threats to infrastructure or access on maintained trails. Both fires may be visible from Tioga Road, Glacier Point, and from high country viewpoints.

Park Managers are working with the local Air Quality Districts and will be monitoring smoke impacts to the park and local communities.

For the most up-to-date fire information follow Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6888
Re: Combined Fire Update August 14, 2020
August 17, 2020 12:02PM
And you can add a new fire in Napa County...

Fire season is in full swing...and note that all USFS have prohibited campfires outside of campground fire rings. That means no campfires in the backcountry at all.

And in case you don't understand why, here is an emergency notice we just received from the Napa County Sheriff's office:

NAPA CO SHERIFF: Mandatory Evacuation: Sage Canyon Rd from Chiles Pope Valley Rd to Lower Chiles Rd due to Hennessey Fire nixle.us/C57PQ

Yep. We have another fire in Napa County. It's a few miles from our house, and burning the other direction, so no immediate danger for us. But for those who live there, it's one more nightmare.



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avatar Combined Fire Update August 17, 2020
August 18, 2020 11:00AM
Blue Jay Fire
Location: In the wilderness 4 miles south of White Wolf campground and 1 mile west of Lukens Lake trail at approximately 9,000 feet elevation.
Discovery Date: July 24, 2020
Size: 117 acres
Containment: 0%
Strategy: Confine and Contain
Cause: Lightning

Wolf
Location: In the wilderness 1 mile south of White Wolf campground and 2 miles west of Lukens Lake trail at approximately 9,000 feet elevation.
Discovery Date: August 11, 2020
Size: 2 acres
Containment: 0%
Strategy: Confine and Contain
Cause: Lightning

The Blue Jay Fire was ignited by lightning on July 24. The Wolf Fire was ignited by lightning on August 11.

The Blue Jay fire is currently not burning along any trails. The Wolf Fire is 150-200 yards from the Lukens Lake trail. The strategy for both fires is to confine and contain to a specific area, utilizing natural barriers for the fires to burn into, such as granite and bare ground. This minimizes fire suppression impacts in the wilderness and reduces exposure to firefighters in a remote area of the park where there are no trails or campgrounds. Firefighters will continue to monitor fire behavior. One Yosemite Wildfire Module (WFM) is committed to the Blue Jay Fire and various YNP Fire resources are committed to the Wolf Fire.

Both fires are creeping and smoldering through ground litter on the forest floor and burning in pockets of accumulated dead and down logs with some isolated single tree torching along the active perimeter. Smoke production has been light to moderate depending on fuels. Smoke has been lifting and rising 300 feet above tree line and dispersing out to the east. The fires are expected to continue creeping and smoldering as each burn through timber litter with an overstory of lodgepole and red fir.

The environment in which both fires are burning is a fire adapted ecosystem. There are currently no threats to infrastructure or access on maintained trails. Both fires may be visible from Tioga Road, Glacier Point, and from high country viewpoints.

Park Managers are working with the local Air Quality Districts and will be monitoring smoke impacts to the park and local communities.

For the most up-to-date fire information follow Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6888
avatar Combined Fire Update August 21, 2020
August 21, 2020 11:07AM
Blue Jay Fire
Location: In the wilderness 4 miles south of White Wolf campground and 1 mile west of Lukens Lake trail at approximately 9,000 feet elevation.
Discovery Date: July 24, 2020
Size: 185 acres
Containment: 10%
Strategy: Confine and Contain
Cause: Lightning

Wolf Fire
Location: In the wilderness 1 mile north of White Wolf campground and 2 miles east of Lukens Lake trail at approximately 9,000 feet elevation.
Discovery Date: August 11, 2020
Size: 53 acres
Containment: 0%
Strategy: Confine and Contain
Cause: Lightning

The strategy for both fires is to confine and contain to a specific area, utilizing natural barriers for the fires to burn into, such as granite and bare ground. This minimizes fire suppression impacts in the wilderness and reduces exposure to firefighters in a remote area of the park where there are no trails or campgrounds. National Park Service and Forest Service resources are committed to both fires and will continue to monitor fire weather behavior and growth.

The Blue Jay Fire has an 40% active perimeter and the Wolf Fire has a 45% active perimeter. Both fires are creeping and smoldering through ground litter on the forest floor with an overstory of lodgepole and red fir and burning in pockets of accumulated dead and down logs with some isolated single tree torching along the active perimeter. Smoke has been lifting and rising 300 feet above tree line and dispersing out to the north and northeast.

The environment in which both fires are burning is a fire adapted ecosystem. There are currently no threats to infrastructure and all trails remain open. Both fires may be visible from Tioga Road, Glacier Point, and from high country vistas.

Park Managers are working with the local Air Quality Districts and will be monitoring smoke impacts to the park and local communities. Heavy smoke from regional wildfires in California is impacting the area further reducing visibility.

For the most up-to-date fire information follow Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6888
Re: Combined Fire Update August 14, 2020
August 18, 2020 08:40PM
The view from my classroom at the college this evening. The fire is 20-30 miles away. Big fire.





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