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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Today: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Areas of smoke after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 99.
Tonight: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Areas of smoke before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 63.
Friday: Areas of smoke after 11am. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 100.
Saturday: Areas of smoke after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 99.
Today: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Areas of smoke. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 100.
Tonight: Areas of smoke. Partly cloudy, with a low around 72. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph.
Friday: Areas of smoke. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 101. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph.
Saturday: Areas of smoke. Mostly sunny, with a high near 99. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph.
Today: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 101. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph.
Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 58.
Friday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 102. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph.
Saturday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 100. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph.
Today: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Areas of smoke after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 71.
Tonight: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Areas of smoke before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 40.
Friday: Areas of smoke after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 73.
Saturday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Areas of smoke after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 73.
NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY
Yosemite Fire Update
July 31, 2014 as of 7:00AM
El Portal Fire – New Road Information
General El Portal Fire Information
The El Portal Fire remains very active in extremely steep and remote terrain requiring heavy dependence on TYPE 1 hand crews and aviation assets. As with any incident in Yosemite National Park, firefighter and public safety is our number one priority. We appreciate everyone’s assistance with this priority.
- The fire is currently 3,900 acres and 34% contained.
- Resources assigned include 1,063 Fire Personnel.
- As of July 29 at 9AM, the evacuation order for Old El Portal was lifted.
- As of July 27, a Type 1 Interagency Management Team, from Southern California, was given command of this fire. The fire is on both NPS lands and Stanislaus National Forest. Joint Unified Command has been established.
- On July 26, at approximately 3:15, the El Portal fire began in the community of El Portal.
Foresta – Fire remains active near community
- Evacuations remain in effect for Foresta.
- Structures in Foresta remain threatened. Two structures have been lost in Foresta – both of which were lost on the first day of the fire, located at the same address.
- Structure protection engines remain in the area.
Campgrounds & Roads Affected
- Tigoa Road is open and all of Highway 120 is open.
- All of Big Oak Flat Road is open.
- Crane Flat Campground is closed due to the El Portal Fire.
- Yosemite Creek Campground is closed due to the Dark Hole Fire.
- Bridalveil Campground is being used for fire operations and is therefore closed.
- Hodgdon Meadows Campground remains open.
Additional Fire Activity in Yosemite – all lightning started fires in designated Wilderness
- Dark Hole (724 acres, 5% contained) – managing for minimum impact to wilderness character and is being managed by the Type 1 Interagency Team.
- Mount Starr King (.5 acres) – smoldering and creeping
- Lembert (.25 acres) – smoldering and creeping
- Cathedral (.5 acres) – smoldering and creeping
- Elbow (2 acres) – smoldering and creeping
For More Information
El Portal Fire updates are provided by the Type 1 Incident Management Team, working closely with park management. Fire information call center: 209-372-0327 or 209-372-0328. (K. Hardy)
Big Oak Flat Road Re-Open in Yosemite National Park - Yosemite News Release
July 30, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.
Scott Gediman 209-372-0248
Kari Cobb 209-372-0529
The Big Oak Flat Road (Highway 120) in Yosemite National Park has been reopened to vehicular traffic on Wednesday, July 30, 2014. The road was temporarily closed due to fire activity related to the El Portal Fire. All other roads within the park, including the Tioga Road, are open and clear, with the exception of the Foresta community access road, which remains closed at this time. Crane Flat, Yosemite Creek, and Bridalveil Creek Campgrounds remain closed. All other park campgrounds remain open.
The El Portal Fire started on the afternoon Saturday, July 26, above the community of El Portal. The fire is currently at 3,900 acres, and is 34% contained. The fire is being managed by a Type I Incident Management Team, in conjunction with Yosemite National Park and Stanislaus National Forest.
Smoke is visible throughout the park and visibility fluctuates throughout the day. Park visitors are urged to use caution while driving in the park due to decreased visibility. The park is constantly monitoring the air quality within Yosemite National Park.
Road closures within the park may change at any time. Visitors seeking updated information regarding road conditions should call 209-372-0200. (K. Cobb)
There has been some confusion about the two structures lost in Foresta. There actually are three families deeply affected by this loss. The complex was owned by Ann Knutson, long time Foresta resident. The family house was behind the duplex unit which was rented out by Kim/Liazer and Laura/Tim. Ann and her sons Kurk and Kevin used the family house intermittently, and were not there at the time of the fire but still experienced the enormous loss of their home as well as needed income. Very sadly, the Knutsons lost their family home in the 1990 A-Rock Complex which hit Foresta hard. They were able to rebuild in this current location in the mid-90's, only to lose these buildings again. We would like to recognize their loss along with that suffered by Kim/Liazer and Laura/Tim and hope the community will be generous in their emotional and financial support to all who were so sadly affected. (L. Boyers)
August At the Evergreen Lodge
Free Live Music
Saturday, 8/2 - Steep Ravine, 10pm, Tavern
Wednesday, 8/6 - Outdoor Live Music & BBQ – Leche De Tigre, 5pm, Plaza
Saturday, 8/9 - Other Mother Brother Band, 10pm, Tavern
Saturday, 8/16 - Three Times Bad, 10pm, Tavern
Wednesday, 8/30 - Outdoor Live Music & BBQ – Mark Sexton Band, 5pm, Plaza
Star Gazing Saturdays
Join us every Saturday night at 9:45pm for a tour of the night’s sky with YFA’s David Furry! Using state of the art tracking telescopes we’ll explore the craters on the moon, Algol-the eye of Medusa, the rings around Saturn and the Milky Way while listening to fun facts, mythology, and even a little history about America’s space program. $25, advance reservations required. Private stargazing available also.
Poolside BBQ Nightly
Join us any night of the week from 6-8pm for our yummy summer poolside barbecue with all the fixin’s and dessert! Our poolside barbecue includes classics like grilled-to-order Angus Burgers, Hot Dogs and Veggie Burgers as well as more exciting options like Grilled Salmon with Pineapple Salsa or Petite Fillet. The full menu rotates nightly. $30 for Adults, $15 kids 5 -12. Tickets on sale at Noon each day. P.S. We also serve up beer, wine and one- of-a-kind Evergreen Lodge libations at our Pool Bar.
Rise and shine! Try our 1 hour morning Poolside Yoga sessions at 7:30 AM every Wednesday and Saturday to increase your energy and relax your mind with a combination Hatha and Vinyasa Flow practice in the fresh morning air. Only $15, but make sure to reserve in advance. Ask us about Private Yoga Classes or our Hike & Yoga Adventure.
Sunset Vista Happy Hour
Join us for this popular two hour tour and happy hour to view the sun setting over the Hetch Hetchy and the Tuolumne River Canyon. We provide chairs, a glass of wine (or soda) and cheeses for you to enjoy while you savor the serenity and natural beauty of the Sierra! $35 adults, $20 kids with advance reservations.
Our certified massage therapist offers a blend of traditional European modalities as well as sports massage, deep tissue massage, reflexology and therapeutic relaxation massage. 30, 60 & 90 minute sessions available with advance reservations.
Evergreen Natural History Film Series
Showing at 5pm every evening except Saturdays, in the Tuolumne Hall Movie Room:
Mondays: National Geographic’s Secret Yosemite
Tuesdays: Vertical Frontier – A History of Rock Climbing in Yosemite
Wednesdays: Yosemite – The Seasons
Thursdays: Yosemite – A Gathering of Spirit by Ken Burns
Fridays: Tell it on the Mountain – Tales from the Pacific Crest Trail.
Sundays: Giant Sequoias of Mariposa Grove
www.evergreenlodge.com/recreation (T. Marshall)
All Purchase Card Holders and Approving Officials/Supervisors
Purchases can be made from the warehouse through Friday, 19 September. Available from the warehouse: copy paper, blue envelopes, holey envelopes, calendars, computers and monitors. The last day for purchasing via charge card is Sunday, 31 August.
Only emergency purchases (per the FAR and/or official incident) will be allowed after these dates. Incident numbers or approval from Division Chiefs (via email, cc Lorene Schafer) will be required and must be in charge card files. (L. Schafer)
Yosemite Bear Facts
July 6th – July 26th, 2014
Bear Activity Summary: Bear activity has picked up in El Portal. Bears have been seen nightly throughout El Portal communities and multiple vehicles have been broken into. This week bears have entered unoccupied homes that were left unsecured. If you are not home, close all windows and doors and make sure they are secure. Please fix doors and windows that are not able to latch properly. This action can protect you, your property, and help save a bear’s life.
Recently, bears have caused significant damage to property and caused numerous incidents in wilderness areas particularly along the John Muir Trail near Little Yosemite Valley. Never leave packs unattended with food items inside, even if they are in a canister. If you plan on leaving your pack, even for a short time, pull out your canister and place away from packs.
Bears continue to be an active presence in campgrounds throughout the park including in the Tioga corridor campgrounds. Please be aware that bears can enter campsites at any time of day, so be sure to always keep food within arm’s reach and never leave food unattended. If you see a bear during your visit please report it to the Save-A-Bear Hotline at 209-372-0322.
Bi-Weekly Total # of Incidents Damage
Parking Lots 0 $0
Campgrounds 3 $14
Other Areas 2 $25
Residential 4 $648
Wilderness 5 $614
Total 14 $1,301
Year to Date Comparisons for the Weeks of July 6th – July 26th, 2014
1998 2014 Percent Change 2013 2014 Percent Change
Incidents 387 113 -70.80% 69 113 63.77%
Damage $178,739 $4,542 -97.46% $4,408 $4,542 3.04%
Red Bear, Dead Bear: Thirteen bears have been hit by vehicles this year. Three bears were recently hit on Highway 41 near Wawona and another bear was hit along Highway 120 near Crane Flat. Please protect wildlife by obeying speed limits and paying attention while driving.
Interesting Bear Fact: Sanpete County, Utah, holds the world record for the largest black bear skull.
Other Wildlife Sightings: Mountain lions continue to be reported around El Portal and a few have been seen after dark in Yosemite Valley. For more information on mountain lions in Yosemite National Park, please visit the National Park Service website, http://www.nps.gov/yose/naturescience/mountainlion.htm. (C. Lee-Roney)
Apple Picking Postponed
The Yosemite apple picking event that is due to take place in the park today July 30, has been postponed. The event will be rescheduled at a later day. An announcement will be made when more details are available. (K. Cobb)
New Exhibit at Ansel Adams
New Exhibit Opening Today at The Ansel Adams Gallery featuring Yosemite's Parks In Focus. Through the generous support of the Yosemite Conservancy and working in partnership with the Udall Foundation, each summer middle school students from the Bay Area have an opportunity to experience Yosemite for the first time and capture their experience through their own original photography. In fact, this program utilizes photography as a teaching tool to connect students to nature and public lands while giving them a means of self expression that we can all learn from and enjoy. Don't miss it! Take a break and come in and see how Yosemite has touched the lives of these young students!
Youth In Yosemite Symposium: Thursday, August 7, 2014 from 8:30AM - 3:00PM located at the Garden Terrace of Yosemite Lodge. Save the date! The annual Youth In Yosemite Symposium is just a week away. This event features students presenting their summer experience including programs such as the Yosemite Leadership Program Summer Internship, Research Experience for Undergraduates and much more! Save the date, invite your colleagues, and plan on joining one of the most dynamic summer student events of the year! (S. Potocky)
Yosemite Facelift Seeking Projects
The 11th annual Yosemite Facelift is coming up soon: September 24-28!
The Facelift planning teams are looking for projects for volunteers to accomplish during the event. Do you need help?
Examples of past special projects have included: specific areas of litter removal such as from ledges below Glacier Point (technical rope work) and Tunnel View, removal of invasive plants, removal of large debris from wilderness, trail work, removal of asphalt from old dump site, construction of fences...
Qualifying projects must meet the following criteria:
Environmental Compliance is already completed, or the work is clearly covered by a CE.
You must identify a project coordinator who will plan the logistics of the project. Depending on the project, you may also need to provide a project leader for the work itself.
The project should be appropriate for volunteers to complete. Volunteers with specific skill sets can be recruited (i.e. climbers for technical rope work).
The Facelift team can work with you to provide tools, team leaders, and logistical support.
If you have a project you'd like to suggest, please send it to Benjamin_Doyle@nps.gov by Friday August 11. If you have questions, you may call the Volunteer Program Office at 379-1855. (H. Boothe)
El Portal Market Is Hiring - Cook Needed
Immediate opening for a cook - 5am-1:30pm shift 32 to 40 hours per week. Will train, but basic cooking knowledge is required. Please call 209-379-2700 for more information. Ask for Allyson, Alora or Kirstie or send a resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
For Those Interesting in Donating
Yosemite community! The Yosemite Employee Association (YEA) has been overwhelmed by the outreach and support from this community for our friends who lost their homes in the El Portal Fire. We've received multiple emails and requests as to how folks can help. For those of you who are interested in donating money directly, two websites have been set up:
http://www.gofundme.com/c860f0 (for Tim and Laura and Leena)
http://www.gofundme.com/kim-laizer (for Kim and Laizer)
And please stay tuned, YEA is in collaboration with others for an additional fundraising event. Our hearts are with everyone affected by the fire. (B. Mocsny)
Hikers Bus Service Suspended
Service on the Tuolumne Meadows Hikers Bus has been suspended until the Big Oak Flat Road reopens. (E. Callahan)
Mountain Sage Music Series- Birds of Chicago- Aug 2
The second to last show of the summer series takes place this Saturday, Aug 2 when the Birds of Chicago make their debut at Mountain Sage. This fantastic, nationally touring band has headlined many top festivals including Strawberry and always brings great songwriting, playing and energy to the stage. Opening the show will be Arann Harris and the Farm Band- always a fun time. Cocert starts at 5. Tickets and info at www.MountainSageMusic.org. Great food available onsite. No dogs or outside alcohol please. (R. Hirsch)
Yosemite July Lightning Fire Update #1 - July 24, 2014
Since July 14, Yosemite National Park has experienced over 3,000 lightning strikes with more than 21 fire starts. Multiple thunderstorms, accompanied by rain, have put out or temporarily slowed activity and growth. Most fires are between 8000’ and 9000’ elevation. They are small, creeping and smoldering surface fires or single logs less than 1/10 of an acre and are showing minimal activity. Of 1,004 fires above 8,000’ since 1930, 941 never got to be 10 acres. Most of these fires have few values at risk an pose little threat to people or park infrastructure. As the weather warms and fuels dry out it is likely other fires will be found. All fires are being monitored by fire crews.
Fires Managed for Multiple Objectives: Yosemite fire management is developing strategies for these fires and depending on risk assessment; most of these current fires will be naturally extinguished. Fire crews will utilize natural barriers of granite, streams or open ground to manage fires. The Fire Management Plan allows the park to manage any fire outside of the suppression unit.
Dark Hole: (37 48.323 x 119 36.786, Mariposa Co. 7400’, July 16.) This fire has grown to approximately 11 acres. It is within a red fir forest and it is the largest and most active of all the park-wide fires. It is located near the Yosemite Creek trail about a mile south of the Yosemite Creek campground. It is in an area of past lightning fires, although the immediate area has no fire history. Smoke is visible from Tioga Road east of Yosemite Creek, and from Sentinel Dome and Glacier Point. Hazards may include smoky conditions and poor visibility, rolling rocks and logs. There is one trail closure: The Lukens trail to Yosemite Creek trail is closed between Tioga Road and Yosemite Creek Campground Road and Trail. The Yosemite Creek Tail remains open. To avoid smoke and other hazards, hikers are urged to pass through the area quickly.
Lukens: (37 51.514 x 119 37.080, Tuolumne Co., 8310’, July 15) A single log is burning within a red fir forest near Lukens Lake.
Morrison (37 53.117x119 37.153 - Tuolumne Co., 8740’ July 15) This is a surface fire smoldering and creeping through forest needle litter in a red fir forest.
Starr King (37 43.215x119 28.108 Mariposa Co., 8730’, July 16) This is on the east side of Mount Starr King. It is creeping and smoldering through red fir. It is periodically visible from Washburn Point.
Cathedral (37 51.843x119 23.720 – Tuolumne Co. 9140’, July 16) This high elevation fire is smoldering in a single log. It is west of Cathedral Peak.
Lembert (37 53.159x119 19.059 – Tuolumne Co. 9250’, July 16) This smoldering and creeping surface fire is east of Lembert Dome in a lodgepole pine forest. It is has not been active, is not visible and may be out.
Moraine (37 37.195x119 25.126 – Madera Co. 9480’, July 14) This high elevation fire in red fir is not showing any activity.
Coyote (37 48.53 x 119 32.26 - Mariposa Co. 9000’ Start July 19). This was a single snag in granite. It has low potential to grow.
Wolf (37 51.644 x 119 38.684 – Tuolumne Co. 8200’ July 17) This is a surface fire showing little fire activity in red fir & lodgepole pine.
Rancheria (59.014 x 119 335.625 - Tuolumne Co. 8200’July 19) This remote fire, north of the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, remains active and is .25 acre in size. It is within a Jeffrey pine, lodgepole pine forest. It has moderate to high potential for growth and is within the 1948 Rancheria Fire footprint.
Wapama (37 58.134 x 119 44.983 – Tuolumne Co. 5530’ July 19) This fire is at the top of Wapama Falls on the north Rim of Hetch Hetchy Reservoir. It is active and at .25 acre in Jeffrey pine and live oak.
Royal (37 39.232 x 119 30.452 – Madera Co. 9000’, July 20) A single tree was struck by lightning and the smoldering fire is surrounded by granite. It is south of Glacier Point.
Red (37 39.71 x 119 26.67 – Madera Co. 8030’, July 20) A single tree was struck and it has low potential for growth. This fire is near Red Peak within the Illilouette basin, south of Glacier Point.
McGurk (37 41.589 x 119 36.884 – Mariposa Co. 7020’, July 20) The top of a White Fir tree was struck by lightning. The strike tree is at the top of Bridalveil Falls on the south rim of Yosemite Valley. The smoldering fire is not showing fire activity.
Falls (37 59.358 X 119 45.022 – Tuolumne Co. 6160’, July 20) This fire is near the north rim of Hetch Hetchy Reservoir. It remains active.
Gibson (37 59.466 X 119 44.440 – Tuolumne Co. 6450, July 20) This fire is between Falls Creek and Mt. Gibson on the north rim of Hetch Hetchy and surrounded by granite. It remains active in black oak & Sierra juniper.
Lookout (37 38.98 x 119 28.734 – Tuolumne Co. 5,200’ July 20) This fire is near the North Mountain fire lookout. This fire is within the Rim Fire footprint in a ponderosa pine forest. This fire is showing little activity.
Lightning Fires Identified for Suppression: These fires either at high elevation or threatened communities. These fires will continue to be patrolled by fire crews:
Woodlot (37 40.527x119 47.835 – Mariposa Co., 2050’ July 20.) This fire had high potential to grow and threatened the community of El Portal. Quick initial actions by fire crews kept this fire to less than 4 acres. Fire crews will continue to patrol the area.
Buck (37 32.914 x 119 29.982 – Madera Co. 7920’ July 20) A single tree was struck near the southern park boundary at the upper end of the South Fork Merced River. It was in a red fir forest. This fire was put out by Yosemite Helitack crews.
Aspen (37 49.165 x 119 46.758 – Tuolumne Co., 6280’, July 15). This fire is within the 2013 Rim Fire footprint and near Aspen Valley. A single ponderosa tree was burning. The fire tree was lined to mineral earth by fire crews and is reported out.
Hoover (37 39.143 x 119 29.018 – Mariposa Co. 8030’, July 20) This fire is south of Glacier Point and in the Illilouette basin. It is within the 2001 Hoover Fire footprint. It is in heavy brush fields. Yosemite Helitack crews have lined and contained the creeping and smoldering fire and it will be suppressed.
Ottoway (37 39.705 x 119 26.622 – Mariposa Co. 8880’, July 20) It was found very near the Hoover Fire footprint. Fire crews reported it out.
For additional information:
- Fire Information: email@example.com; (209) 372-0480 or (209) 375-9574.
- Yosemite National Park Web Page: http://www.nps.gov/yose/parkmgmt/current_fire.htm.
- Yosemite Air Quality Web Page: http://www.nps.gov/yose/naturescience/aqmonitoring.htm
- Yosemite Fire Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Yosemite-Wildland-Fire/124632964255295
- Yosemite Fire Twitter: http://twitter.com#!/YosemiteFire
Pacific West Region Surveying Historic Buildings
Team from the Pacific West Regional Office in park to survey condition of the park's historic buildings for an update to the LCS. A four-person team from PWRO will be in the park all week (fromSunday, July 27th through Friday, August 1st) as part of an effort to update the List of Classified Structures (LCS). The LCS is a database that the Park Service maintains that provides basic information about all of the historic buildings within the park system (for more on the LCS, go to http://hscl.cr.nps.gov/insidenps/summary.asp). The team will include Yosemite's former Branch Chief of History, Architecture, and Landscapes (HAL), Paul Chattey, as well as the LCS coordinator for PWRO, Vida Germano, and two summer interns, Olivia Burry-Trice and Virginia Piercy. They will be traveling throughout the park all week and assessing the condition of 270 of the park's many historic structures. This will involve the team looking closely at the exteriors of buildings, photographing them, and taking notes on their condition. Please be sure to say hello if you see them working in the field! (G. Harlan)
Studio Apt for Rent in old El Portal
Super nice apt available Aug thru the end Sept, must be cat lover to care for and feed one kitty. $590 per month including utilities. Call Eve 209 628 1493 (E. Sheldon)
Park-wide Road Striping
Road striping will start Sunday July 20 and will continue for approximately three weeks throughout the park. Hours of work will be from 6:00 pm until 4:00 am. Expect short delays. (G.Taylor)
Update No. 3 - Tioga Road Rehabilitation (Day Time Delays 30-Minutes)
Starting yesterday, Tuesday July 22nd crews will begin working days from 6:00 AM to 5:00 PM and no night work. There will be multiple work zones with crews working Monday thru Friday with up to 30-minute delays and single lane traffic control. So please plan ahead, be patient and obey the speed limits. No delays are scheduled for the weekends (Friday afternoon to Sunday night). If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Michael Pieper at 209-379-1263. (M. Pieper)
Henness Ridge - Yosemite Environmental Education Center - Phase 1A
Construction adjacent to the Wawona Road/Henness Ridge Road intersection will resume Monday, June 9th. The construction crews will be excavating/constructing a new waste water treatment plant and finalizing road grades and the main entrance to the center. Please use caution in this area and watch for slow trucks and equipment on the roads. Construction is scheduled to last 6 to 8 weeks. If you have any questions or concerns, please email David Engelstad. (K. Blew, 7/9)
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