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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park

Tuesday July 7th, 2015

 

WEATHER

 

Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast

Today: Mostly cloudy. Slight chance of showers in the morning. Chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Near the crest... Thunderstorms likely in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation 50 percent. Highs 76 to 86 at 5000 feet...60 to 70 at 8000 feet.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of thunderstorms in the evening...then partly cloudy after midnight. Lows 53 to 63 at 5000 feet...42 to 52 at 8000 feet.

Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of thunderstorms in the morning...then mostly cloudy with a chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Chance of thunderstorms 50 percent. Highs 73 to 83 at 5000 feet...56 to 66 at 8000 feet.

 

Additional Point Forecast Weather Links:

Yosemite Valley  |  Wawona  |  Tuolumne Meadows  |  Glacier Point |  Big Oak Flat  |  Hetch Hetchy  |  El Portal  |  Mariposa

 

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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY

 

Send Sal's on Thursday, July 9

Bust your moves at Sal's this week! Consume delicious food prepared by none other than Sal's Taco Truck whilst quenching your thirst with beverages served by the Yosemite Employee Association (YEA). Never been to a Sal's event? Onsite it! Are you a monthly Sal's participant? Red point it! Don't crux out at home, join the fun. Friendly reminder: beverages served by YEA directly support community events, projects, and scholarships for youth. Please no French freeing by bringing outside alcohol to YEA sponsored events. Hope to see everyone there!  (A. Davis)

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Save the date - Farewell to Dr. Julia Parker on Friday, July 17

World renowned basket maker and cultural ambassador, Julia Parker has retired. We'll be celebrating Dr. Parker's 68 year legacy in Yosemite National Park on Friday, July 17th! This public event will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on the grounds of the Ahwahnee Hotel.  (S. Johnson)

 

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RECENT NEWS

 

New Yosemite Fires 

The Fourth of July holiday thunderstorm activity did produce 6 new lightning-caused fires. 

 

Indian Canyon - Mariposa Co. is at 7200’ elevation between the Tioga Rd and the Valley. It is less than .1 acre in size. It is smoldering and creeping, with a low rate of spread, and is burning in two snags within timber and needle cast.  This is an area of few recent fires.  As the atmosphere dries out, smoke may become visible at higher locations in the park, in particular from Glacier Point.  

 

McGurk - Mariposa Co. is at 7800’ elevation and less than .1 acre in size.  It is off the McGurk Meadow trail to Dewey point from Glacier Point Road.  It has low potential for spread, and found to be in a single green lodgepole pine.  It is surrounded by green grass, and is smoldering in a short needle/lodgepole pine forest around the meadow.  It has little potential for spread. 

 

Porcupine Flat - Mariposa Co: is at 8000’ elevation.  The top of a single green red fir tree was struck by lightning.  There is no ground fire, but smoke may be seen from the Tioga Road. It has low potential for growth.

 

Smokey Jack - Tuolumne Co. is at 8000’ elevation.  A single tree was struck.  This fire has low to moderate spread potential as it is smoldering and creeping with no visible flame lengths.

 

White Cascade - Tuolumne Co.  is at 9000’ elevation. This remote fire is near Glen Aulin High Sierra Camp.  It is creeping and smoldering through surface fuels.  It poses no threat to trails and has a low spread potential. 

 

The Deer Lick Fire, along the Wawona Road, north of Wawona was suppressed by Yosemite Valley Engine crew Friday night. It was near the Wawona Road and south of the community of Wawona.

 

Hikers and backpackers may see these fires as they hike through the various locations. They are urged to pass through the area quickly and not hike directly into the fire areas.  It is possible other fires may be found in the next few days or even weeks as the remote wilderness areas of the park dry out from the thunderstorm activity. Visitors may also see smoke from various high vistas within the park.

 

All of the lighting caused fires in late May and early June have been declared out.  

 

For further information please contact:   Gary_Wuchner@nps.gov  – 209.372.0480 (G. Wuchner)

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Farewell for the McCabes Thursday, July 9 4:30pm SAR Cache

Please join the Superintendent's Office in wishing Jana and Sean McCabe the best as they say goodbye to Yosemite and hello to the National Mall in Washington, DC. 

 

Come join the farewell send off for Jana, Sean, and Jacob McCabe at 4:30 pm on Thursday, July 9 at the SAR training room. This is a BBQ Potluck.  A grill is available, please bring a side dish and stories to share. 

 

Yosemite Arrowhead - Jana's arrowhead is in the Superintendent's Office, please stop by and sign if you're unable to join us. See you on Thursday.  (M. Gauthier)

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NatureBridge Students Present Backcountry Science Investigations Saturday

Want to meet inspiring high-school students and hear their tales of backcountry field science? Please join us this Saturday morning, July 11, as NatureBridge's Field Research Course students present the results of their backcountry-based science investigations. Presentations will take place 10-11:30 am at NatureBridge's Crane Flat campus. Light snacks will be provided. 

Thank you for supporting this life-changing program! (B. Zentmyer)

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Yosemite Forum Tuesday, July 14

"Changes in seasonality impact meadow carbon cycling and resilience" 

 

by Dr. Chelsea Arnold, University of California, Merced

 

High elevation meadows are stable features in mountain landscapes, but recent research has shown how sensitive they are to shifts in seasonality. The balance between the accumulation of carbon (from meadow plant productivity) and loss of carbon (from decomposition of plant residues) hinges on the timing of seasons, including the onset of continuous snowpack in winter and the onset of spring. This talk will focus on how meadow plants and soils respond to changes in key seasonal time points and implications for the future of carbon cycling and resilience.

The Forum takes place next Tuesday, July 14, from 3:30 to 4:30 pm in the Yosemite Valley Auditorium.  Please contact Don Smith at 379-1439, or Ami Knighten at 379-1301, for additional information. (G. Stock)

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Park-wide Environmental Health and Safety Audit July 13-16

Yosemite has been selected for an Environmental Health and Safety Audit on July 13-16. The audit will be conducted by the Pacific West Region; they will be looking at a number of park areas as well as our safety programs and management. There is a strong likelihood that your work area or office will be evaluated during the audit, so it’s important that everyone prepare.

 

Similar audits were conducted in 2003, 2006 and 2009. A review of those findings shows that, historically, we have 6 areas of concerns at Yosemite. They are:

 

- Improper  labeling of hazardous chemicals

- Universal waste must label or marked waste in specific ways for identification.

- Generators must determine the classification of waste as non-hazardous or hazardous and it applicable treatment standards.

- Safety Data sheets were not on file for each hazardous chemical stored and used.

- Specific Housekeeping requirements must be met in areas where hazardous materials are stored.

- Fire extinguishers improperly stored and not being checked on a monthly basis.

 

The safety team at Yosemite is asking for your support and involvement in making sure that your work space and areas are prepared and organized. In the coming weeks, the safety office will conduct site inspections and “walk-through.” One key to success is keeping your work-space clean and organized. It’s particularly important that everyone play close attention to the storage and disposal of hazardous materials. Not only will these steps help our park to pass the audit, they will also help our park to remain a safe and healthy place in which to work.

 

If you have questions about safety practices, guidance, or preparation for this audit, please do not hesitate to contact the safety office.   We intend to make this audit a successful one and also to ensure the safety and wellness of the employees at YOSEMITE.

 

​"​Griss​"​ Chief Safety Occupational Health Manager

Office phone: 209-379-1079 (M. Grissom)

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Save the Dates - Volunteer Ice Cream Social on Thursday, July 23 & Volunteer BBQ on Tuesday, August 18

Mark your calendars for our upcoming volunteer recognition events! Our next Volunteer Ice Cream Social will be held on Thursday, July 23, 4-5pm in the Volunteer Field Office (next to the new West Lodge Parking). Our end-of-season Volunteer BBQ will take place on Tuesday, August 18, 5-6:30pm at the Yosemite School. All volunteers and their supervisors at welcome!

Please call the Volunteer Office with any questions -- 379-1850.  (K. Sczomak)

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NPS Employee Housing Bid Announcement - El Portal (Rancheria Flat)

House #727, 9744 Red Bud Lane, 3 bedroom, 1.75 bath, $410 biweekly plus utilities. 

Deadline for bid submission is Wednesday, July 15 @ 4:30 pm. For bid forms and additional information please call the Housing Management Office at 209 379-1879 or 1839 or visit our SharePoint site http://sharepoint.yose.nps.gov/admn/housing/Lists/NPS%20Housing%20Bid%20Announcement/AllItems.aspx  (C. Baker)

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Rental

Home for rent available August 1.  Gorgeous 2 Bedroom 1 Bathroom home in Lushmeadows, 1500 sq ft, vaulted wood ceilings, laminate floors throughout the home.  Attached, additional 700 sq ft, 2.5 car garage with extra storage, washer/dryer, all major appliances and paved driveway.  This home is on 2 acres, one acre is completely fenced and there is a kennel and dog door.  The second acre has a large garden space with fruit trees and amended soil.  $1300/month.  Call 209-626-9817, or email mmarcis@yahoo.com for more information.  (M. Marcis)

 

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CONSTRUCTION UPDATES

 

Forestry Tree Work

Forestry will not be working along the Big Oak Flat road from 7/6 through 7/9. We will be working in the Mariposa grove area that week. We plan on returning to work along the Big Oak Flat road on 7/13 with the same work days and times we have been working. (C. Castro)

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Tioga Road Rehabilitation (Update No. 12)

Crews are continuing to repave the ditches, install shoulder material, and raise utility boxes. They will soon begin restriping the road. Below are a list of delay times for the project.  The project completion date is September 30, 2015, but the crews are trying to finish this project ahead of schedule. Note: Below are the project delays, however there will be no construction delays over Independence Day Weekend, so there will be no delays from 6:00 PM on Thursday, July 2, 2015 until 6:00 AM on Tuesday, July 7th.  If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact Michael Pieper at (209) 200-1131.

 

From 10:00 p.m. Sunday evening  to 8:00 p.m. Saturday night:

-11:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m., 1 hour delays

-6:00 a.m. to 7:30 a.m., 15 minute delays

-7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., 30 minute delays

-3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., 15 minute delays

-4:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., 30 minute delays (M. Pieper)

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Mariposa Grove Restoration Project

Beginning July 6th, the Mariposa Grove will be closed as crews start the larger scale restoration activities with removing asphalt and buildings as well as commencing construction for boardwalks and trails.  Due to safety concerns during construction, the Mariposa Grove will be closed to visitation until further notice.  This includes vehicles, pedestrian, bicycles, and equestrian use.  If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact Michael Pieper at (209) 200-1131. (M. Pieper)

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