Yosemite National Park Remains Open; Rim Fire 80 Percent Contained

Wednesday, September 04 2013 06:04   Yosemite
Even though smoke has settled into the Yosemite Valley, as of Sept. 3, 2013, the Rim Fire was now 80 percent contained and most of Yosemite National Park remains open for the public to enjoy.

hotshotAccording to park rangers, air quality in most of Yosemite has been generally good to moderate, but conditions can change quickly with changing winds. When conditions are smoky, visitors to the area should avoid extended strenuous physical activities outdoors, rangers added. Additionally, those that are sensitive to air quality impacts should avoid going outside in Yosemite.
Highway 120 remains closed, but there are
alternative routes available to reach Yosemite National Park.

The Rim Fire has now burned more than 235,000 acres, making it California's fourth largest fire.

On Tuesday, officials reported very active fire behavior occurred again on the East sides of the fire. This produced running surface fire with torching, crowning and spotting. Moderate rates of spread were observed both in advancing surface fire and backing fire. Heavy fuels continue to experience complete combustion with high probability of ignition.

Fire line construction with burnout was planned as necessary South of Harden Lake in Yosemite National Park. Continued burnout operations are planned in Yosemite National Park along Tioga Road as conditions allow. Additional burnout and reinforcement of control lines to the north /northwest of fire will continue.

Yosemite National Park has closed Tamarack Flat and Yosemite Creek Campgrounds, both located along Tioga Road. White Wolf Campground and White Wolf Lodge remain closed. The Stanislaus National Forest has issued an area closure for the entire Groveland Ranger District and for the Mi-Wok Ranger District east of Highway 108.

Highway 120 remains closed from Buck Meadows to one and a half miles east of White Wolf. Highway 120 east and the Tioga Road remains open from one and a half miles east of White Wolf to the Tioga Pass entrance. Cherry Lake Road is closed at Highway 120. Evergreen Road and Old Yosemite Road are also closed. Highway 120 from Ferretti Road to Buck Meadows remains open for local residents and businesses only.

Several road closures remain inside Yosemite National Park. These include the Hetch Hetchy Road, including all areas and facilities along the road, the Big Oak Flat Road (the continuation of Highway 120 inside Yosemite) from Big Oak Flat Entrance Station to Crane Flat, and the Old Coulterville Road west and north of its junction with 1st Street (near Foresta).

Rangers have also closed a number of wilderness trails. These include the area west of the May Lake Road and May Lake Trail continuing to the junction with the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) at Glen Aulin and then north along the PCT to Bond Pass. The park's boundary serves as the closure's northern and western edge extending south to the junction of the Big Oak Flat Road and Tioga Road at Crane Flat. The closure's boundary continues east from Crane Flat paralleling the Tioga Road a half mile to its south to the Tamarack Flat Campground Road.

The closure follows the Tamarack Flat Campground Road to the campground then continues on the Tamarack Creek trail to the junction with the North Rim Trail. Then east along the North Rim trail to the Yosemite Creek trail north to the Tioga Road. The closure then follows the Tioga Road east to the May Lake Road. The trails serving as the eastern and southern boundary of the closed area remain open. May Lake High Sierra Camp, Glen Aulin High Sierra Camp, and Porcupine Flat Campground are open.

For more information, visit the park's Website at
www.nps.gov/yose/ .

To see our earlier report in the Rim Fire and it's impact on Yosemite National Park, click here.


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